Friday, 16 March 2007

"Oh what a beautiful morning" NOT

As the song says "Oh what a beautiful morning".
Well I can tell you it has been the most miserable year I have ever had the pleasure to live through so far in my life.
We have had nothing but rain, rain and more rain, when will it end.

We have had people staying in the Caravan this week they must be fed up too, what can you do you cannot change the weather for them I am sorry to say.

We had a cow abort a calf at 7 months last week, the Vet does not know why, I would like some answers but no-one can help it's just one of those things I keep getting told.
She has not been very well since, we keep dosing her with Penicillin but she is still not responding as quick as I would like.

God only knows if we will ever get another calf out of her as she is only a 6 years old Limousin cross out of Heartside Jacko.
I would not like to think that we will have to put her away to the burner because she cannot produce.
Maybe I will hunt out some of my old herbal remedies my dad used to use way back before some of the modern stuff came onto the market.

We live in hope.
We have a couple of others due anytime now, they are in the Byre pacing at the moment, I am taking no chances with these as one of the mothers is a first calfer and the other is a second calfer.
Once the calves are born we will leave them with mother in the Byre to bond for a week just to make sure everything is okay, we don't want a repeat of Effie do we?
Speaking of Effie we called her calf Buster and what a little scamp he is, he gets into everything, and chases the dogs around wanting to play, nothing like his mother at all in temperament anyway, but colours he is very like her.
So he will have some new playmates. let's hope they are boys, as we had 80% heifers last year and we cannot keep them all.
But I hate to see the heifers going to market as you know they could end up in the abattoir, it is different for the boys because you know that is expected of them.
As long as they have a good healthy start in life and are treated with great respect, love and compassion, I know we have done our best with them and they have not suffered in any way I think everything in life deserves at least that, especially when they are going to do man a great service at the end of their short lives.

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