We’ve had more rain here lately.
Just in the last week, there’s been a lot of it—at least two inches. The pond is full, and the river is coming up less than a foot under our bridge. I keep thinking how it’s a good thing the house is built on stilts. We’re in a flood plain, but we’re hoping we don’t have to test it out with the next storm coming.
We had another bull calf born this morning, and it looks about six months old, it’s so big. We’ve had at least 562 bulls this spring! Unbelievable. Actually it’s more like five so far, but Tiny has gotta go if he’s throwing nothing but bulls. Cows would be better for growing a herd, so we’ll have to figure out what to do with them once they grow. In the meantime, I’m glad they’re strong, healthy babies.
Since we started, our herds have grown. We started out with 19 heirloom Angus and 8 fullblood Wagyu. Now we have 50 Angus and 22 Wagyu. It’s one of the reasons I’m thinking about expanding to accommodate the herd. It would be more work, of course, to move them around by trailer. We’ll see. I have too many ideas.
In other farm news, we’ve been planting new trees in the paddocks so that the animals have some shade in the summer. You know when it’s 110* here, you can’t find enough shade. I chose non-fruit-bearing mulberries so they’re not poisonous, grow quickly, and make great shade. Before I could plant them, we took out a junk tree that popped up wild next to the fence and dug up the root wad. Now both horse and cow paddock have the new trees.
Down in the oak field, there’s a dry river bed with a little bridge we uncovered when we took out all the blackberries. Right now, it’s completely full. That’s how much rain we’ve had.
There’s a sale coming up, and I want to put some of the cows in it. I don’t know how they can tell, but the girls are a lot nicer to me now. They practically get in the gator with me when I come to feed them. They all crowd around saying, “Don’t you like me? Aren’t I cute?” They used to be scared of us but, now it’s all, “Hey how ya doing?” and “I got a bad eye, don’t send me” and winking. I feel like Hugh Heffner with all the pretty girls around.
I don’t know what it is about cows, but I just think they’re awesome. Maybe it’s because I’m naturally so wound up, and they’re they’re so calm. They make you relaxed just being around them.
That’s all the news for now. I’m learning something every day. Between rain storms, I got in some time on my trials bike, practicing wheelies for fun.