Welcome Phil

I was working in the garden a couple of days ago when I noticed the neighbor’s horse acting strangely. That horse is a kind of animal alarm for me. I can see him through almost all of my north facing windows where I can’t always see my own animals quite as easily. For instance, sometimes if something is going on with the pigs, he looks intently at that part of our pasture. That usually causes me to take a look at our pigs myself and sometimes, sure enough, something is a miss (IE: a piglet is out or a stray dog is over by the chicken coop…). So I noticed that the horse was galloping around his pasture and acting very excited. Plus he would stop dead still and, ears forward, look at the big red barn. Hmmmmm. Another strange view was Maggie standing in the cow pasture by herself looking at the barn with no sign of Maisy. They are almost always together.

Double hmmmmm.

Maisy was due with her calf that very day, but she usually runs a bit late, sometimes days late. I had checked her that morning and though her udder had filled considerably, it didn’t have that starfish look that cow udders take on just before delivery. So I went to work in the garden.

But now the “horse” alarm was going off.

So I motored over the the barn and look what I found!

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(sorry for the placental view from Maisy’s nether region)

A sweet little bull. He was completely dry and trying to locate the food source!

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He was stumbling and trying to run, bonking his head into Maisy~ already asserting his bull-ness in the pasture.

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He even ran right into me while bouncing on his new legs.

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Maggie is not impressed. She’s not too sure about this new creature in HER pasture. Playing with HER mommy.

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He is a good, stout, little guy~ a wonderful addition to our little herd.

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Now the milk will be flowing.

Now the real work begins. Yippee!

Today’s count: 0 eggs, 0 gallons of milk~ so far.

What’s for supper: I’m not sure yet. I should probably put something in the crock pot. I think it’s going to be a pretty busy day between milking a couple of times a day and working in the garden. YAY!

Weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

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