Had a heifer calf escape a calf pen yesterday. It was a newborn, but spunky! There are boards we added to the stall fronts to narrow their hole to get to their milk pail to prevent escapes, but this one stall was missing this board. We didn't know yesterday it had escaped until a neighbor came & told us. It was down the road 1/4 mile, and he tried to catch it & it ran into 20 acres of briar covered thickets on another person's neglected field. We searched all over & never found it. I went back later & dozed through the field over 1"+ schumack trees with our Honda 4-Trax. Josh went down there with a flashlight at 11pm last night hoping to spot it, or hear it bawl. No luck! Figured it would end up coyote food. This morning Teresa texted me she needed help. The baby calf came back home and was in the end of the calf barn with the calves that can go in & out to the field at will. It spotted me when I went to get to the door & block it's exit.....it got out....ok, here we go again I figured. It stopped & gave me the evil stare-down. I just stayed put, then made a cow's moo sounds. It's ears & eyes lit up & it came to me! Hard enough to believe it came back on it's own at such a young age of 1 1/2 day old, but then to come to me like it did! Once I put it back into it's stall, it immediately laid down in the nice dry straw. I think it was glad to be back! And of course I immediately cut a new "restrictor board" and installed on the pen front! Teresa said it was glad to take a bottle of milk this morning! Every now & then something surprises the heck out of us, and this is one of them.
Life On & Off My Farm - Life Changes
Posted July 04, 2013 - 09:54 AM
Cool Story and a good outcome!
Posted July 04, 2013 - 10:03 AM
POURING rain right now. I'd get soaked just trying to get to the shop. Good day to rest! I am going to straighten my shop tools once it lets up a bit.
- Texas Deere and Horse said thank you
Posted July 04, 2013 - 02:11 PM
Here is the former "runaway" heifer. Happy as can be! It would have been cold & VERY wet if she hadn't come home! 2" rain since this morning.
- Alc and oldedeeres have said thanks
Posted July 04, 2013 - 02:25 PM
Worked at cleaning up & putting away my tools in the farm shop today. Raining outside with not even a hint of sun showing, but with the skylight roofing I put in, no need for lighting at all. Like we all have done since installing it, I went to turn the lights off when I left a few minutes ago. I love that stuff. I will say though, when the sun is beaming hot, you don't want what you're working on directly in the sun's rays......HOT!
- HDWildBill and oldedeeres have said thanks
Posted July 04, 2013 - 03:22 PM
The repairs look as they will do the job for a few more years to come. Mine did the same thing, I bought it used and PO didn't keep the top of it clean and it was rotten from decaying grass laying on it.
Posted July 04, 2013 - 07:37 PM
Cleaned up in my old shop today. For a while it's gonna stay a shop, but just for assembly. I have begun putting my Bush Hog V4-6 together in there today.
Posted July 04, 2013 - 11:08 PM
Great work on the bush hog. Glad your calf came home. Would have be bad to lose one.
Posted July 08, 2013 - 08:32 AM
Today is gonna be hot & humid as a sauna. Gonna do a little calf work, mow the barn/pit areas, and maybe prep the Woods Bush Hog for primer.
Posted July 08, 2013 - 03:07 PM
Got calves tagged & moved around, all my mowing caught up, then decided to prime the Woods bush hog, then shot some yeller paint on it. Gotta feed silage, then get cleaned up for dinner with the In-Laws.
- oldedeeres said thank you
Posted July 08, 2013 - 04:11 PM
Just another busy, hot day down on the farm..... Never ceases to amaze me how much you manage to get done in a day!!!
- Craig. said thank you
Posted July 08, 2013 - 05:01 PM
What's the latest on the FIL tractor? Did I miss something?
Posted July 08, 2013 - 05:38 PM
I know about the humidity, Daniel! By 9AM, I was soaked down to my underwear! Glad you got some things done!
Posted July 08, 2013 - 07:12 PM
I have sweated thru two sets of clothes today.