She started bagging up a few days ago and you can see that the calf has settled lower as well. She is very loose at the tailhead and wants to love up on everything she can get close to. She's always been very affectionate but this week she's even worse :) Of course, we are going to get a darling little heifer calf as we specifically ordered a heifer and you always get what you order correct?! I would love another heifer just like little Hope that she gaves us last December but I wouldn't be disappointed with a bull. I'm thinking that raising a bull would be a good idea. I know he couldn't breed his mother but he could breed other cows here that are not related. AI is so tricky and not being able to settle heifers is very frustrating. Nature really has a way of getting the job done that even technology hasn't been able to master.
"Tom giving her a nice belly rub"
She really enjoys having her belly scratched, her back rubbed, rubbing on her head, attention of any kind. Our Hereford heifer, Missy, was licking on her yesterday, giving her a nice bath and Jan just stood there, as comfortable as can be. She's a wonderful mother, always good to her calf and never hateful to anyone of us when we want to check her or her baby. I was very lucky the day I purchased her. She's always been the perfect family cow.
We are so anxious to have our own milk, butter and ice cream again. My milk customers have been calling, wondering if it's time :) It's difficult buying milk in the store after having your own fresh dairy products. I even missed doing my milk dishes and having that as part of my daily routing. Milking is a wonderful chore (I don't really consider it a chore) it's relaxing and one of the most rewarding parts of my day.