Crazy Calves

Man, I know Mom used to run calves when I was a kid but I never realized just how crazy they can be. Yup, they are small but it doesn’t stop them from giving her a beating as she bottle breaks and tames them down. Yesterday, Mom had one appointment to get to at 1pm. And that was in doubt when she went and got two new calves.

So normally a 55 lb calf and a 75 lb calf are no problem for Mom. She can load several calves of that size in the one horse trailer with plenty of space. And yesterday when she left home that was the plan. However, once getting her hands on the two little boogers it was a totally different story.

First, the little one didn’t want to stay in the trailer with the bigger calf going crazy. That is understandable but with that thought she took off and when through two different gates before she was gathered back up. Then the Bigger calf busted Mom in the face and kicked the guy helping a few times before they got it in the trailer. Even then that calf was jumping and carrying on so much Mom had to put the back on the trailer to keep it in.

I gave Mom a hard time about it when she came home with wrecked glasses and the makings of a black eye. Then it came time to bottle feed that little guy. I really didn’t think he could be that bad so I told Mom that I would help her bottle feed. Man did I learn just how stout calves can be. This little 75 lb guy does this launch off his back legs when you catch him. And that launch is like having 75 lbs thrown at you and you being expected to catch it in mid air. I can see why Mom says he cleaned her clock.

Once we got the calves settled in Mom did manage to make her appointment but when she got there they rescheduled. Then about 4am this morning the storms moved in and left us without power for about 7 hours. Mom used the Goat’s Milk right from the goat as we didn’t have a way to heat up. They all ate great once you get them caught but that catching is some kind of work … LOL Mom says in a few days they will come to those bottles like it was second nature. Until then Mom will keep catching and feeding them her way.

Quiet Day

Today was pretty quiet on the farm. Mom was at a meeting and she left me to run the place. When Mom gets home I will be heading off to work. After work I will once again be on the road to go rope and tie some calves with some friends.

Since I didn’t have to get up and be at work early I started out sleeping in. I know that 8am isn’t sleeping in to some but to me it is. By the time I got up and around Mom had already taken care of the household chores, watering the garden and a few other things. She was finishing up milking and I helped her catch the big black calf and get it’s breakfast down her. Then Mom fed Delilah. While Mom did that I grained everything.

When everything was done Mom got ready for her meeting. It had something to do with the Farmer’s Market but it was kind of weird because when she got home she made the remark that she was really confused by the whole meeting. While she was at her confusing meeting I took some time to do some of my laundry.

One other thing I want to bring up is that our little Adventurer came up with an awesome name for the little bull calf Zebu. So we are naming him Rocket Larkspur. We are calling him Rocket for short!!!

Moving in and Moving on

So over the last few days, on top of our normal goings on, we have had both goats and sheep go to there new homes. So Yup, it is the time of year that is sweet and yet full of sorrow. We are so happy with the homes we have found so far. All the animals will be spoiled and be taken care of.

This time of year I start my days out in the roping pen after I do chores. When I get done I have been heading to work. I get home in time of dinner and then more chores and then off to bed to start it all over again. Sometimes something cool happens. Most of the time it is in the mornings. Like yesterday, we kicked off Calving season. Okay, so we only have three bred cows but Ms. Zebu gave us and tiny little bull calf in the early morning hours of Yesterday.

Ms. Zebu has never been friendly so getting them to the barn was interesting. Ms. Zebu charged me a time or two as I got the calf to the barn. It took me two trips to get both Calf and Mamma in a pen together. However, once in the pens together they are doing fine. Ms. Zebu will get you if you go in there but at least they have shelter and food and water. Now he just needs a name. Any Wild Flower Boy names suggestions???

Anyway, There have also been some changes in the Lamb and Goat babies around the farm. It is the bitter sweet time of year when we let these babies move on to their new homes. First off, all the goats have already moved on to their new homes. Two are just about 10 minutes away and one is with a fiber artist a few hours away. We will be getting updates regularly on them. Then the sheep have started to find their new homes as well. Some have moved to Texas, while others are scattered around the state. We only have two QT Cross withers and two Merino Crosses left but we have a few 100% Merinos, some Shetlands and some Dorset Crosses that are available if anyone is interested. All you have to do is get a hold of Mom and set up an appointment.

Why Oh, Why??

So same day different post … but same old, same old. Just when I think I will make time or find time to blog something goes crazy. Around here everything has gone crazy. Dad is off his meds, I work and train horses all day and Mom is busy but wants her own space. And the animals are getting in on the act. More then one horse has stitches or cuts and now Mom is going back! Back to what she knows with a few little differences.

So over the last month I think things have been just as busy and crazy as ever. We have had several Vet issues. Coop had to have her Vulva stitched as she cut it while itching it on something. Derf Cut his leg and is being doctored for that and Storm cut her back legs up with her own shoes while Mom and I stood right there. I am telling you it has been crazy around here.

There are some things that have happened around here that are a good thing. Since I last Blogged I got my driver’s license. Mom has started going to the Farmer’s Market again this year and her soaps and lotion bars are doing well there too. We have one new intern and Bella sometimes, so that is two interns for the summer and yup we need them. Also Mom got her ownership papers on Caballo Thunder in the mail.

On top of all this, just today Mom decided to add raising calves back into the mix. She used to raise them when I was a kid. It isn’t like we don’t have enough to do … is it??? Oh and she is working harder in the garden this year too. And not to mention that she is now on the Garden Market Committee. But then again all that isn’t even of concern to me except Mom and I are sharing a vehicle.

I know it is all hard to keep up with … I have issue keeping up and I live here. With any luck Mom will work her schedule up like she normally does and all her stuff won’t affect me. I will still be riding horses, working for Kevin and Rodeoing.