This is a good year. Our production is so good that we are leaving the calves with their mothers, letting them drink as much as they like. No measured out gallon feedings morning and night. Have at it, little ones! We have more milk than we know what to do with. In fact, we have been approved for a pet food license, and so some of the excess milk is being packaged for customers who want pet food - certified organic milk from grass fed cows, in glass jars, clearly labeled "NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION." Whatever.
So anyway, if we have milk, we obviously have calves. No calves, no milk. We sold the first two, then our two heifers both lost huge bull calves that they just couldn't give birth to without help. The vet didn't get here in time to save the calves, but both moms are doing fine.
We kept two bull calves. One will replace Romeo as soon as he is done breeding this year's cows. He is getting a bit cantankerous, and at a very young age. I think Earl will be a great replacement, but we will make sure that he has viable sperm before we make our choice. If it isn't Earl, then it will be Larry.
|Essie Mae and Earl - Essie Mae is out of Quattro|
|Lucky and Larry - Lucky is out of Rosie|
|Ebony, just born to Blackie|
|Ebony and Blackie in the pasture|