The big news this week at the farm has been the birth of a very nice little heifer calf from our Milking Shorthorn cow,’Tippy’. This really nice cow had been looking very due to birth for about a month and finally had the calf around 11 a.m. on Thursday morning out on the pasture. The calf is doing really well, it was up on it’s feet after about 5 minutes and was taking milk within about 20 minutes. Aerron took cow and calf into the barn after about a half hour. The weather was not too bad but it was cold, though dry and there was little sunshine and a light wind. So inside the barn was more comfortable until the calf could dry. Now, four days later the calf is doing real well, no problems at all and the mother the same.
We have a good lot of veggies planted in the green house in flats and we had to do extra work to protect them when the temperature was below freezing for those three nights. Trays were stacked and covered with an electric space heater providing enough warmth to keep them well above freezing. Hopefully we will not see any more of that cold weather again this spring.
We have not done much planting as the weather has not been so good for that. Potatoes, onion sets and peas are the veggies that we will be trying real hard to get into the ground this week. There are many more things to go into the ground now too. The Broad Beans planted two weeks ago have not yet sprouted, have not germinated. Has been too cold. The onions and the garlic growing in the garden from last season are doing quite well.
All the animals are getting very anxious to get out on grass but they will have to wait for at least another two weeks, longer if we don’t get some much warmer weather, especially overnight. So for now they are in the holding pastures except for the sheep who are still in the barn.