Lannie - I like your thinking on when to calf - But we fell into that springer group
For the main reason of keeping the calves safer - we had way to many cows to let them all stay in the barn when it got cold - snowing - or the worse - rain - fallowed by very cold temps + snow = dead cows or calf's
Yes, with my small "herd," I can manage it however I want. Most all of our neighbors (the beef ranchers) calve in the early spring, February through April(ish). There's the odd one or two born later, like our little foster calf, Oliver, but most of them are spring calvings for exactly the reasons you mention. However, they don't milk their beef cows.
I'm the odd one in these parts, LOL! But actually it's a good thing, because I have all the milk (when I'm milking) and use it to trade for stuff like extra hay and favors.
Originally Posted by StrykersPerson View Post
Good Night All!
I am sure none of you are interested that we caught an opossum.
Mister said it's big enough to eat Lily. Mister is telling tall tales. Lily is bigger than any possum.
It's utter madness around here and I am going to bed.
Sweet dreams All!
A friend of mine in Wisconsin is currently hunting a large possum that's been eating her chickens, in the coop! I guess it found a spot to wiggle in. Anyway, the tracks and tail prints in the snow are definitely possum, so good thing you caught yours before he started eating YOUR chickens.
When my ex and I lived in Portland (Tualatin actually) and had Ninja, my first Dobie, who was no slouch in the size department, we had a huge possum coming in our back yard eating the poop! OMG. No shooting was allowed within city limits, so the hubs finally shot him with a field tipped arrow. A gunshot would have been quieter - that possum screeched like nobody's business. And Ninja was WILD, trying to get through the glass patio door and finish off that critter. I didn't let him out, for the simple reason I wasn't sure who would win that fight. That was one large and fierce possum. (He finally dragged himself off to die in someone else's yard, I assume. Anyway, we never saw it again.)
I'm glad we don't have possums out here, but then there ARE the skunks, which do as much damage to poultry, and smell worse. Jasper's smart enough not to chase them, but he also doesn't see them as a threat, either. They don't ACT like a predator, and honestly, I think he thinks of them as cats. So it's on us to get rid of the skunks, although there are fewer than there used to be, I assume just because there's a big dog loose on the premises.
Oh, SP, I almost forgot. My first Arab, Raj, was an Egyptian (El Hilal grandson, I DO have his papers), but he was a stocky, blocky boy, and if I had to guess, I'd say he outweighed Horus by quite a bit. Horus is much lighter boned than Raj was, and I would think it would be just the opposite. Raj was almost an identical twin to Horus in color and markings, and just about the same size, except Raj was stockier. Maybe I just fed him too well.
Horus, though, used to have a REALLY beautiful long mane and tail - I have a picture of him right after he got here and his mane is flying out behind him, and his tail was flowing, long enough to touch the ground. But the trees.
We have a LOT of trees, and Horus is itchy in the spring, so he rubs every part of himself on the tree trunks and branches. You can see (maybe) in that picture I posted, the spot where it looks like the middle of his mane is flopped over to the other side? Well, it's not, it's just missing right there. And he rubs his butt on the trees and breaks off most of his tail hairs right up at the top, so there's not much left. I try to go out and use the toothed shedder on him when he's shedding, to help scratch his itchies, but I can't be out there 24 hours a day, so when I leave, he goes and uses the trees, silly boy. He rubs it off faster than it can grow back.
Well, I'm cooking Persian food for dinner tonight. Zereshk polo, which is Basmati rice with chicken and barberries. My absolute all-time favorite food in the whole world. Even more favoriter than chocolate cake!
I wish you could all come for dinner, but since you can't, I guess I'll have to eat it all! Hahahaha!