In the horse barn rambunctious Roman will be loudly demanding his breakfast first and when his bucket has been licked twice thrice and once again just to ensure not a grain was missed, his attention will turn to number one priority turn out….Roman doesn’t do runner up ! Lady will suck her bucket and when she is confident that breakfast is done , she will pick her bucket up, shake and throw..fortunately her bucket is rubber, the worst it can do is bounce so she can check it out all over again. Charm the palomino is stalled next to Rambunctious Roman and also considers himself number one equine. The golden boy has learnt through the years that patience is a virtue, not that he always remembers but he knows breakfast comes…eventually.
Molly Moo and Daisy Mae each have a time clock in one of their four stomachs and when the truck engine growls through the farm gate they set up a resonant bellowing. Instantly joined by the rapidly growing Hol-ley the Dexter calf, Bandit and the heavily pregnant ewes and Macho the Man ( Boer Buck) right on cue the barnyard choir becomes a deafening cacophany. Peaceful ?
Yesterday was Goliaths day…not that I feel he was too grateful for the attention. Goliath is a boy and boys have “attachments” that can seriously affect their mental state. These “attachments” tend to produce testosterone and testosterone produces trouble. I guess “this will hurt me more than it will hurt you” possibly made little difference to the calf and he will likely have a few twinges in a sensitive area. Poor Goliath, from stud to steer with one elastic band. It can't be much fun, but it didn’t stop him eating.
The little black and white calves improve on a daily basis, both are now suckling and are becoming very aware that people are the source of sustenance. Open mouths now greet whoever happens to pass, with or without a frothing bottle. The biggest obstacle to feeding the now hungry twins now being Goliath the older voracious calf who’s intention is to inhale every bottle that comes in his line of sight.
Song, our South Korean WOOFER has settled in well and has I believe experienced almost every aspect of day to day running of an almost self sustaining farm. It has been..is a lot of fun sharing cultures and sharing our life. Hopefully Song will return home with happy memories of her time here with us. Ginger came home from Tacoma safe and sound having had a productive day with sunshine in the city
Time to go, the sun is still shining and if I can find the binoculars I can check out what the reserve team is up to !
Take care, keep safe. M