Here’s some new pics of the girls, closer up.
I’ve been a cow owner for almost 3 weeks now, and have been milking Ellie for over 1 1/2. I’m SUCH a wimp- I can only get about 2 cups worth of milk before my arms and hands give up on me. In my defense, Ellie’s been “holding up” some on me, but mostly it’s because I haven’t milked a cow since I was a teenager (and didn’t do much then, either!). But she is very nice, workable cow. I milk with her tethered in the field (no stanchion built yet) and she usually stays pretty still for me, even when the grain is gone. It by no means is meeting our 5+ gallons a week that we use, but it’s a start. Here’s my first day’s produce. I get about twice that much every day right now.
They cows are much happier now that they can be free and together in a pasture rather than on a tether. I think they missed being able to interact with each other and it made them a little crazy.
The first section of fence got posts (compliments of John, my parents, my kids, my brothers tractor and my grandpa’s post hole digger) while I picked up my Chantecler chicks the day before Easter.
John helped me to string the top wire for that section and he and my dad put in posts for the second section this past weekend. I’ve been plugging along at stringing barbed wire since then. I got a small section done when Norma unclipped her halter on the water bucket one day. Rather than try to catch her, I just figured I should get the pasture done. The cows have eaten anything edible in the small section already, so I got the rest of the fence done yesterday afternoon so they wouldn’t hate me for starving them. They were so happy to have fresh grass!
The calf is still tethered so I can keep her separate from mama, or I’d get NO milk. We managed to catch her once to get the halter on, but couldn’t catch her again without that lovely rope clipped to it! Cranberry is gentling down a little, but has a ways to go. Norma and Lannie won’t really let me touch them yet, but at least they’re in the pasture now so I don’t have to try to move them anymore!