As you may have noticed, this is a hard time of the year to keep up with a blog... There's so much to do and enjoy outdoors! :)
We spend almost every minute outside, either taking care of, or just enjoying the animals and all the little ones around the place, or simply being outside in the wonderful weather of Spring.
Calving season is winding down since the spring calves have pretty much all been born - except for Hope's calf due in June. Everyone is happy, healthy, and growing like weeds.
Most the goatie kids have gone to their new homes to learn how to be show goats. We miss them, but did keep four beautiful doelings this year, so we still get to enjoy their antics. :)
We are very excited about our new buck! Since we have kept several of Roy's offspring, we started looking around for a buck with some different bloodlines than the ones we have been breeding the last several years. We were lucky to find a great guy that has an amazing pedigree and was shown as a youngster, so he's very easy to handle and used to being with people.
Introducing 2DOX Big Event... We'll be adding new pictures and his impressive pedigree to the website soon.
And of course RR Roy Rogers will still be with us. He truly makes some amazing show goats for our young 4-H and FFA friends.
We have little chicks and guinea keets that are hatching this week... Ahh, the joys of chasing those quick, little ones through the grass, trying to catch them as their very protective mamas are trying to keep you from catching them! Looks like we have lots and lots of guinea eggs being hatched this year.
The gardens are planted and doing very well. We are already enjoying fresh asparagus, lettuce, bokchoy, chard, radishes, onions, spinach, mustard greens and yummy strawberries.
And just for the human kind, we finally got the deck built on the pool. Cousin Mike did a great job for us and we are looking forward to many years of enjoyment with it! Thanks Mikey. :)
Just to share... some pictures of the lovely sunsets we've been having this week, along with a full rainbow!
Patticake cleaning her new baby
And it's a heifer! Frazier Creek Patticake's little girl was born October 29th in the middle of a lovely warm fall afternoon.
Her sire is Frazier Creek Garrett from Frazier Creek Ranch in Rattan, OK
Patticake had a normal and uneventful labor - thank goodness! and is very proud of her new daughter. :) Both momma and baby are doing well. :)
We hope to have many more Murray Grey babies on the ground in the next year.
FYI - We are in search of any interested young people that are heavily involved in 4H or FFA that are looking for quality show calves. Please contact us if you may be looking for a unique and easy to handle show calf that present well in the show ring. To learn more about the Murray Grey breed, please look over our MG page. Murray Grey cattle are a great breed. :)
Tatiana was standing up on her own this morning when I went down to feed her!!! She even walked a few steps by herself!!! She still looks a little ragged, but continues to eat, drink, poop and pee well. Her eyes are bright and she loves company. I am leaving her in a lot by herself (which she doesn’t like) because I don’t want the other cows knocking her down. We go down several times a day to visit her.
Just to update... we had been standing her up with the tractor using hip lifts for a week. She had gotten so sore and bruised from the lifts that she was fighting them and ripped the hide off her hips. We decided to give her a few days off the lift to let her heal, but we placed her feed and hay in different places to
where she would have to move to get to it. Every time we went to check, she was in a different place, so we knew that she was still moving around... no bloating, etc.
It's so funny now... it's almost like she's had enough of us. She sees one of us coming and up she stands and turns her back to us. She wants nothing to do with us anymore. LOL I think she's afraid we'll give her another shot or poultice. It's good to see her getting better. :)
Good news first. :) Mike traveled to Antlers, Oklahoma last Sunday to pick up the rest of our Murray Grey heifers. Thanks Larry and Ron! Everyone made it home safe and sound. The new girls have settled down and today we turned them out in the big pasture. Cows are so funny to watch. :) They ran, jumped, bucked, and played as hard as they could and then ran straight back to the lot and wanted in. Dolly, the Guernsey milk cow, was right there with them all...bucking and kicking like a youngster - NOT the very pregnant cow that she is! LOL We enjoyed their antics for quite some time before they decided to settle down and graze. It looks like they will all be fine and they seem happy with their new home. I will try to get pictures of them all posted this weekend.
Well, the bad news... One of our new MG girls from the first trip, Tatiana, went into labor this morning. Although she tried valiantly, she was unable to deliver the calf herself. Mike stepped in to help her, but he ended up having to take her to the vet. Tatiana was in a lot of trouble. It took four of us working with her another hour and a half to get the calf pulled. The vet said the calf weighed about 110 lbs.…much, much too big for a heifer as small as she is.
We were greatly surprised as MG's normally have easy births and are known for their low birth weight calves. At this time she is unable to stand. We are hoping that she will recover and that her legs are just paralyzed from the trauma of such a hard birthing. Tatiana is such a trooper. She is trying to get up, and is eating and drinking now that we have her home. We are hoping that she makes a full recovery and in time will have more little ones that will race across the pastures kicking and playing. Her friend Poppy is keeping her company, standing watch over her, licking and comforting Tatiana during this sad and stressful time. Animals never cease to amaze me with their compassion and understanding. They are a joy to my heart. :)
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.