HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!
Friday, April 29, 2011
I love Fridays.. It's an end to the week of craziness. It means when I wake up for the next two days all my people will stay here with me. I won't be alone with just the animals to talk to. It means big breakfasts, talking and hanging out. This week has been a lot of fun. Little C and Little K came over and I took some fun pictures of them playing. I got to do some pictures yesterday with some of my new baby props. The cows are steadily getting bred. And I have gotten some small projects done for myself. So all in all a great week. And the weekend should be even better. We have plans with friends and family. And maybe the rain will stay away so that we can do outside work. Here are some of my recent pictures I took. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Today I am thankful for many things. I am incredibly happy that my friends Marli and Memory are okay from the storms. I am happy our Little Man is moving along quickly. I am glad that Little Miss is okay after walking into the telescope on the trailer. I am thankfull that the sun is shining. I am thankfull that we are almost done calving. I am thankfull for our health, we have a roof over our heads and food to eat. I am thankfull for sooo many things, because due to the recent weather there are so many without.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This post is for my new friends at "Two Girls In The Country" They helped me with the new names for our little girls. The rain gods gave us a brake in rain long enough for me to get some stuff done! I got the yard mowed, so that it can grow some more with all the rains coming our way. I got the house in order. I have an in house session tomorrow, so it needed to be done. And I had some little tasks that I wanted to get done. So I played hooky and went out and took some pictures of the babies and here they are!
Thank You Memory and Marli! I hope you enjoy...they are some awfully cute little boogers. And Casanova and Lita are not twins. They just have the same daddy and he likes to mark his babies really pretty. And I love them cause I love chrome(white) on the calves! But Mr. M doesn't like it sooo much...Happy Thursday EVERYONE!
|This is Lita|
|This is Nastia|
|This is Casanova|
|This is Barrack O' Butter|
|This is Pasquale|
Here at Dawson Cattle we try and A.I. (artificially inseminate) as many of our cows as possible. Then after an amount of time, they are turned out with Nuggent (herd bull). That way if something didn't settle to the A.I. he will be sure to take care of it. A.I.ing is not a beautiful or wonderful thing to do, but it insures we can get better calves out of our cows. So needles to say we are off to a good start. We currently have bred 2 cows and 4 heifers. And they just keep cycling! Which is wonderful and great to us. I will not share the details with you but you can google the process. Here is some of the equipment required:
Bulls are sent to studs where they are collected and the people can order them. They come in a tiny straw that holds the sperm. That straw is then frozen and placed in the tank till we are ready to use it. There are certain signs from the cow that tell us when we need to do this and that's how we know when to A.I. Not too mention that when they settle, you know when to expect your bouncing babies.
|Our Semen tank: this is where the frozen sperm is.|
|Our A.I. kit: it has multiple items for the process in it. Kind of like a tool kit.|
|This is how you thaw the sperm. You put water in it, plug in, wait till it gets to a certain temp. Then ready.|
|Cow in the chute waiting.|
We put the cows/heifers in our chute so they don't hurt themselves or us. The whole process is harmless and doesn't usually take very long. ABS ( american breeders service) offers a class that you can go to, where you can learn how to do this. Mr. M and myself have both been. And the cows go right back to their babes when they are all done. We make the whole process easy and calm as possible for the cows. Now putting an embryo in a cow is very similar, but that is a post for another day. Feel free to google or ask questions..
And this the end result when you wait for 9 mths. This particular calf is from the bull. But she's still alive, healthy and beautiful. Happy Wednesday to YOU!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Like everyone I'm over the rain. It's horrible. The cattle are miserable, we are miserable. There's sooo much mud it's awful. But the sun was shining a little yesterday and with the high winds today, maybe it will blow away. Wishful thinking I know. Sooo I decided to take a few pictures. Happy Tuesday Everyone!
|Lots of Rain comin down the spouts.|
|I had to protect my camera from the rain with an umbrella.|
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sooo today has been more crazy busy than normal! Our Little Man returned to school today. And he was super excited. The boy loves school. He is an A student, loves math, loves perfect attendance, he's just a dream when it comes to school. He is still on antibiotics for the rest of the week, so once a day I go to school to give him his meds. School is only 7 minutes away. Then he goes this afternoon and gets to have his bandages changed and to see his toes for the first time since his surgery. And the rain just won't stop. Oh goodness I'm soo over the rain. So needless to say I had to change clothes after chores this am. Did I mention that we have added to the critter list? We now have 34 meat chicks and 2 ducks. Not to mention the 19 turkeys! And we are currently working on Mr. M for potbellied pigs. What's a few more critters.
So yesterday was Easter and we spent the afternoon with Mr. Ms family. Its was a good time. We had lots to eat and it was great for Little Man to get out of the house. I did something I rarely do and didn't take my camera! I thought I would just enjoy the day with my family. I hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed day. And my new friends over at Two Girls In the Country gave me great names for a few of our new girl calves, so I will share those this week. Thanks Girls! Happy Monday To all of YOU!
|Our rain gauge at 11 am.|
|One of our smaller water puddles.|
Friday, April 22, 2011
|Lily in her pen with the sun shining in on her.|
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Right now I feel all jumbled up like this box or sidewalk chaulk! Our Little Man is doing well. I'm trying to keep Little Miss from feeling left out. I'm inside with our boy most of the day, but i'm running out several times a day to heat check cows, do chores, make sure every one of our four legged friends is taken care of. And then there's gettin to school, meals, housework and all the other endless things to do. I'm really over all the rain we have been given lately. I'm ready for summer, sunshine, fresh cut grass and the smell of hay! And this weekend is Easter so I helped out the Easter Bunny today. So one of these days things will get back to what we call normal! But for now im just a crazy mixed up box of sidewalk chaulk! Happy Day To All of YOU!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Our Little Man! He is kind, funny, smart and onery as the day is long. Today he had to have surgery. It has been one of the longest day of our lives as parents. This boy of ours has never had anything major. No hospital stay, major illness or broken bones. Today changed all of that. He has a symptom called curly toe. That means that the toes are curling under themselves because the ligaments in the toes are seizing up. So we went to the hospital at 7:30 this am and started the procedure. The iv in the arm was bad. Then we had to wait. Then there was the awful walk down the hallway before he went into the surgery room. Then the waiting! Oh gosh the waiting. The procedure ended up taking a little over an hour. Then the consult with the Dr. Then more waiting. I just wanted to scream! Watching the door and looking at every nurse that came through the door. And then finally, we could go back. And he was groggy and want his daddy and momma! Oh bless the heavens. Finally, after he was able to wake and keep some fluids down we got him ready to go home. They told us with the anesthia and pain meds he should rest comfortably for the rest of the day. Well, our boy stayed awake all day! The best part is that he hasn't had any pain so far and is such a trooper and doing wonderfully. He has to be in a surgical boot for 4 wks. Oh, did I mention at the end of the 4 wks we go back and do it all over again because we have to then do the right foot. Ohh my I may not be able to take it again. It was agony. Thankfully I have some of the best friends and family. So our boy will be good as new soon and pain free. Thanks for listening to my blabbering.
ps.. the photo above is of the boy trying out the scope on my brothers new rifle. the Little Man takes safe shooters where he learns gun safety and awareness. we try and expose our babes to many different things and make them aware of many diffterent things. and that includes gun safety, mueseums, fancy restaurants, and as many things as we can.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Last week I got to take these photos for this little lady and her momma. It was fun and I think they turned out pretty good. And I think her momma is a really cool person! I love taking pictures for people and freezing their memories for them to cherish. And I get to meet some really great people. Happy Tuesday!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
|Elmer after a good roll in the mud!|
Friday, April 15, 2011
|wanting so bad to play catch with the babes.|
|hangin out while i feed the replacement heifers and chickens|
|how could you resist that face!|
Thursday, April 14, 2011
|3C Macho heifer - Saturday morning|
|Heat Wave heifer - Saturday night|
|3C Macho bull - Monday morning|
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This what happens when the nephew and neice come stay with us! I take a lot of pictures of them. They love it, and then it's "let me see, let me see." And then their momma and daddy have what I think are cute pictures. They are soo much fun. Have a Happy Wednesday.