As if February’s weather didn’t have enough craziness that came along with it, like frozen water lines, no city water, and gas regulator problems, now I’ve had my own version of March Madness going on.
Rousseau was sold & supposed to be moving to his new Texas home in Feb, but the weather delayed that….multiple times. So March came & he was still here, so we had testing & paperwork that all needed re-done. On March 3, BoPeep kicked off the calving season by delivering a petite little heifer for us. We were thrilled to be back in milk, but that also means milking every morning now. Four days later, I went out to find Scarlett suddenly bagged up the whole way & her pin ligaments totally mushy. That afternoon we had another beautiful heifer on the ground. What a darling this one is!
Monday the 9th had the vet back out to the farm to see Rousseau again, and we had the needed test results & paperwork by the end of the week. Sunday his ride came, and the So-Man headed for Texas. It was sad to see him go, but he left me with some wonderful parting gifts, in the form of calves. Two days later, Luna gave birth to a terrific, not-so-little bull calf. This handsome St. Patrick’s Day boy just missed meeting his wonderful sire.
Wednesday, we got a call from Mr. Zeigler, saying he would be here Friday morning to pick up the horses. This was one of those times when something just sort of happens “on it’s own” & seems so right…a God thing. I hate…absolutely abhor…the process one normally has to go through to sell a horse. But we had decided it was time for the horses to go to another home, as we no longer have had the time or energy to do any riding.
I don’t remember a day in my life when I didn’t love horses, so this wasn’t an easy decision to come to, and I wanted the mares to go to the “right” person. And that right person turned out to be a dear Dexter friend in North Dakota. It all came together quickly & I feel so good about it, I know it was meant to be. So, Friday morning we loaded up Glory & Chocolate and hauled them out to London, where we met up with the transporter at the truck stop & handed them over for their trip to their new home.
Now I finally feel like I’ve been able to catch my breath, and I wish I could say it’s over…but it’s not. Tuesday the 24th, Miss Shortie Pants will take a trailer ride to Missouri, where Jeff will meet a friend of the Millman’s, who will take her along back to WA to the home of her conception. She is the only calf that was born from Stefani’s AI attempt with Comet straws, and I believe Stefani can’t wait to get her hands on this girl. Jeff will be picking up 3 youngsters to bring home, who I am also very excited about. One is a half-brother to Rousseau out of a high volume milker, to be our new future herdsire. We’re also getting a pair of heifers sired by Mrald July Joe out of two Galaxy daughters….these girls should milk!
I really hope Tulip waits for her April 1st due date to calve, because I think this will be quite enough action for one month! You can check out Calf Corner for more photos & info on the babies.