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He Ran Like I Left Open the Gate

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He Ran Like I Left Open the Gate

I didn’t even say it out loud, I just thought it! “It’s been a rather uneventful week. What farm story do I have to share this today?” So all week Louie has went to his overnight pen without too much work. I was able to finally do it myself so Mike didn’t have to come out to the barn each night to help me put the calf to bed. As I had every other night I went out to the barn to do evening chores. Mike was working late but I didn’t think too much about it. I opened Louies...

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I got this...

I got this...

I went to the local co-op yesterday. Ya’ know, just do’n the farmer thing. Picking chicken feed and bedding, lick tubs for the cows.  Usually I just get one bag of chicken feed at a time. There isn’t any room for more with all the kids in the car. The guys will put the bag of feed on the front seat. When I get home I put one foot on the side of the SUV and the other on the ground. If I pull the bag just right it will roll out of the car and into the wheelbarrow. Then...

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Have you seen my ass?

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Have you seen my ass?

Last Sunday I had let Grace (the donkey) and Charlotte (the jersey heifer) out in the yard to enjoy some fresh grass. They’re both wonderfully tame and great with the kids so I don’t worry too much about the kids in the pen or the animals out. I was working outside so I could keep an eye on them. I didn’t want them to venture down the driveway to the road.  It had been a day and it wasn’t even afternoon. I had four “helpers” to clean the chicken coop. We’ve got 55 fat meat birds that are, well, gross....

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Milking a dry cow

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Milking a dry cow

For years I have wanted a family milk cow. Lucy, whom I lovingly called Big Mama on most days and some unmentionable names on a few not so great days, was our first cow. I worked with her getting her used to being haltered, lead, tied, and walked but we never got to milk. Every spring since she came home her and I were due at the same time. It was always deemed unsafe for me to start training and milking her.   Along came Sweet Caroline. She is so sweet. Finally a spring that she is due and I’m not....

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Lucy's In The Sky

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Lucy's In The Sky

I started the day with cow shit in my bathrobe pocket and ended it with a bottle calf named Ole.I was in the kitchen just waiting for the coffee to finish and trying to get the kids out the door on time. One of my favorite views is that out the kitchen window, looking out to the front yard, the barn and corral. This morning the corral didn’t look well.I slipped on the first pair of shoes I came to and headed out.Lucy was down. Not laying down like she just hadn’t got up for breakfast yet but laying down...

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