It’s Friday already! This week was a whirlwind of activity. This morning I found a heifer in labor, she is part of a group that came to our farm in 2014, thus far only 1 out of 10 has calved without challenges. I couldn’t tell how long she was in labor, but felt that it was time to intervene by pulling the calf out.
This week our calf count has risen to 8, about half of our calves have arrived. The cattle herd is officially rotating to new pastures daily. Tomorrow they will make a 1/2 mile trek to the next farm, where they will spend about a week grazing 7-14 paddocks.
Monday I helped our Murray Grey get her calf out. The challenge was in catching her, and getting her to lay down without stressing her out. I was able to rope her, fashion a rope halter, and gently guide her to the ground. Afterwards I was easily able to pull the calf out. The cow may not have needed assistance, but an hour had gone by since her water broke.
This mornings calf wasn’t so easy to assist. Heifer 258 didn’t want me to get close enough to catch her we had a couple goes around the field before I finally got a rope around her rear hoof, and was able to get a halter over her head. I helped pull the calf for a good 45 minutes before the little guy came into the world. I got a great full body workout in before 7 am, it pretty much kicked my ass for the whole day.
The hens are acclimating nicely, they’ve learned to roost in the coop each night, and are enjoying foraging through the pasture. We’ve already gotten a couple of eggs, most of the hens won’t start to lay for a few more weeks. Once they kick into high gear they’ll lay about 100 dozen eggs a week.
This year we are offering egg shares.
Grass-fed beef: our beef supply is also pretty good going into this weekend. We have a few t-bones, ribeyes, sirloins, london broils, a couple beautiful rib roasts, and hamburger patties.
Stop in 9-1 Saturday and Sunday
2884 West Glenville Rd
West Charlton, NY 12010