To the Barn!

We don’t have a barn. We have a cow. But no barn. We have a calf and cow, but no barn.

We have 10 beautiful acres that grows great grass (and kids) but no barn.

We have wonderful neighbors who DO have a barn and they let us “barn-share”.

There is the big red barn out there on the left. See how nice it is? This picture makes the barn look very far away from our house.

But it’s only just a small drive. I could easily walk there. But today I’ve got all my milking equipment so I’m driving.

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Here’s a better picture. See how beautiful it is? I definitely have barn envy!

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And who do I spy in the pasture as we drive closer to the barn?

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It’s our Maisy!

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She’s waiting for me. I usually bring treats for her. And she knows it.

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Maisy is our 7 year old Jersey. She’s been someone’s milk cow for many years. But she’s only been our family house cow for a year. She is very calm and patient. We have a milking routine. And she seems content to share her milk with our family and her calf.

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This is Magpie~ Maisy’s 3 month old calf. She’s an Angus/ Jersey cross. She is learning how to be haltered, tied and lead and stand patiently.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt’s good for her to learn her lessons now while she’s small. When she weighs #750 she will have manners and will be reliable and predictable. We do the same routine everyday. In the morning the calf is haltered and tied and waits while I brush her, touch her all over, pick up her feet and clean up the stall a bit.

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Her momma watches as Maggie is tied and brushed.

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Then the calf waits quietly while I milk the cow.

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They stand side-by-side while Maisy gets her treats and I milk. Momma is happy to have her calf close and the calf learns that she’ll be next in line for breakfast.

 

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Then they get momma/ baby time while I do other chores.

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Maggie trusts me so far and I don’t want to do anything to change that. We follow the same exact routine in the evening. And because we practice everyday, Maggie is easy to lead back to the barn when it’s time. (It helps that she knows she has treats waiting for her in the barn, too.)

 

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