Strange things can happen when a cow is in heat. Barnyard Search & Rescue team is called to assist a distressed heifer. Nancy,the cow, fell into her feed trough and was unable to get out. The BS&R team quickly helped her out of the embarrassing situation.
#42 had her calf 3 days ago. The heifer wouldn't suck on the back teets. So those quarters became engorged making it even harder for the calf to suck. We brought her up to a chute, put canulas in the teets to drain them. We collected some milk in baggies to freeze. The barn cats got an unexpected treat too. After the udders drained for awhile, we moved the pair into a barn stall. The cow ate some oats while we helped the calf discover two more spicketts. Hopefully she will find them on her own from now on. Cow and calf will remain in the barn 'til the heifer becomes a competent sucker.
These pictures and videos were taken with a fisheye lens at our state fair. Theo won Champion Percentage Simmental Cow/calf with Milkshake and Rocky Road. Z's bull, Master Chief, was division champion. We have friends who have the Belgian draft horses in the video. They showed at the Colesium. Nice weather at the fair but glad to be home after 5 days.
The kids are showing their heifers and steers at the county fair. Bella won Champion Heifer and Champion Simmental Steer. Then they had the steer auction.
North Central Regional Simmental Junior Show Kids took their three heifers to the cattle show. Bella won Res.Champion % Bred & Owned and 5th over all with Elvira. And 3rd Overall purebred Bred & Owned with Tempest. Theo won his class with HP.
Z is showing Miss Red. Bella is showing Tempest. Theo has HP then Cleopatra. They all did surprising well. Kids and cattle. Heavy rain all afternoon.
Z is hauling cattle manure that has piled up over the winter onto a corn stalk field before it is planted to soy beans. Using a John Deere loader tractor and a CaseIH on the spreader.
We are draining Buttercup's udder with canulas. She is producing too much milk for her calf to drink. She won't let the calf nurse on the back teats because they are swollen and sore. Every morning we'll do this 'til the calf takes over.
Various short videos of typical activities on a cattle farm. artificial insemination, leading heifers, trimming bulls, moving cattle, three kids and a cute dog
This week we let some cows and calves out of their winter lot into a section of pasture. They were a little excited. Dad is running a harrow behind the little loader tractor. It breaks up the manure piles & dead grass clumps. Set to rock music. Yeah, baby!
We took a couple of bulls to the Beef Expo. Theo's bull, John Connor, was a mature bull, ready to work. He was jumpy in the set up area. But in the sale ring he calmed down and chewed his cud. Go figure. The buyers were a nice couple that live not too far away.
Shhhhh. Listen. But don't get too close.
Let's just say our cows are tame.
Why does a cow chew her cud. The hay cows eat is hard to digest. They regurgitate it to break it down more by chewing it again.