Girl will be two years old in July, and I am so very excited to annouce that yesterday, she was bred, we will of course have to wait a full month to see if she took? or if she comes back into heat, at which time we will have her bred again.
She will be expecting for right around nine months, which means if she caught, I will have a march calf, both a good thing and bad thing.. good because momma will have fresh spring grass for when she comes into milk, bad because it means I will need to plan for lots of fresh sprouting and extra goodies to take her though those last months of the cold part of winter, while she is finishing off the wee one.
I am both excited and to be honest a little nervous, every birth is always filled with both joy an fear as its a risk each time it happens, but also just as thrilled at the idea of having six plus gallons of fresh whole milk for use on the farm (o the cheese’s I have planned to try!) but the idea of being so tightly bound to the farm with that twice daily milking.
I had planned on doing half us and half calf but my reseach is leading me to believe that if she milks right around where I think she will, she will outproduce what her calf will need by a good 60 plus percent, unless I don’t want her at her top production, and allow her to drop that production downwards to meet our needs and requirements. Having said that, at the moment, I am not there yet, I want that milk, for making butter to freeze, my household uses around 40 pds of butter a year, and I want to take it all to homemade.
A little collection of my sweet girl growing up.. first one of her at 11 weeks, second at year and the last one just this past week, looks at her now, no baby left showing in her lovely adult head side profile, o but I can see that the fly’s are bothering her a bit while out on her teather for grazing.. We are trying a new holistic treatment that goes in their food and it seems to be working some but they say that longer term use will work better and better, its a natural dewormer as well.