Friday, February 5, 2010

Critters: Move em' in - Move em' out......

This is Tom. Tom moved in last Thursday. Tom is a Belgian draft who is 1/2 of the team that, along with my Dad, will pull a carriage full of folks through beautiful Arcadia National Park in Maine this spring, summer & fall. He's a gentle giant who has made himself right at home.



He has buddied up with Bear, leaving Simple Boy with his nose slightly out of joint. It will be just a few days and all three will be eating at the feeder together :)

Tom loves attention and we had a chance to get to know each other yesterday for a bit while I was out with the camera. He weighs about 1750 lbs and is about 17.2 hands tall. A nice addition to the farm :)


.....and this is Gus. Gus came to live on the farm in January of 2009 as a stall mate for Gert. Also to feed some of the excess milk we had. We had thought to raise him for beef - we have raised Holstein beef before and love it but this time it didn't turn out that way. It turned out better for Gus. He's a year old and is a nice sized steer. He's gone to a new home where he will be a mate for a steer that looks just like him. They will be yoked together and will be driven by a young girl. No freezer for Gus :)

That's the way life is on our farm.....you never know what's going to change from one day to the next. No one can ever complain that it's boring!

11 comments:

Ken and Mary Berry of FancyFibers Farm said...

I'm certainly happy for Gus that he's managed to avoid the freezer!

lisa said...

I need to come out before Tom is gone, let me know before he leaves. Then I have a great excuse to come for a visit:)

Anonymous said...

Reading these kind of posts reminds me of just how technology truly is ubiquitous in this day and age, and I am fairly certain that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.


I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as memory gets cheaper, the possibility of uploading our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could experience in my lifetime.


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threecollie said...

Tom is a marvel and Gus is a lucky guy!

Callie said...

I love Belgians. We always used to spend a lot of time visiting with them at the county fairs. Gus looks like a sweetie. Sound like he will have a good life.

cowgirlwannabe said...

I have a Belgian that I ride and drive, I even do gymkhanas with him. Needless to say we get some looks from people with "smaller" horses but we have fun anyway. Hope your dad has a good summer.

DayPhoto said...

What a cool life for Gus. (And he is really rather handsome). I enjoyed meeting Tom.. What a beautiful horse he is. Make the Bud teem look ratty next to him. My kind of horse!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Digital Memory sure is becoming cheaper these days. I'm curious as to when we will eventually reach the ratio of 1 cent to 1 GB.

I can't wait for the day when I will finally be able to afford a 20 TB hard disk . But for now I will be happy with having a 16 gig Micro SD Card in my R4i.

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Snappy Di said...

Oh... so glad to hear Gus will be finding a forever home that is not in s freezer. He's so cute!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Tiffany said...

My husband and I will be in Bar Harbor in July, we'll probably meet Tom!