My Farmer and Me…Baby is good, Mom is not bouncing back…

Ms. Laweeze is having some issues after having this big guy, two days ago. She is one of our older cows and just isn’t bouncing back very well. She is spending her time in another box stall and is on some meds, so the good Lord willing, she will be on the mend soon.

Her calf is doing very well. He is in the pen in the calf barn, until we have to transition another one in to freshen…

It’s almost 10 p.m….(Wednesday)

17457360_4Ms Laweeze and baby boy19914915028436_3028669221564289211_nI am just coming in from helping Ms. Laweeze have her calf……a big Brahma cross bull! He looks to be a sharp gray color wit6h red highlights along his top; we’ll see for sure after she licks him dry.

So you can just imagine with my love for cross bred Brahma bulls how fired up I am! With that in mind, I’m going to throw out all the facts I’ve been reading about lately, so maybe someone might give me a reason why milk processors and stores aren’t jumping on this with guns blazing!!!

…First big stat/news flash is in  AARP’s Live Longer, 50 proven ways to add years to your life…# 13, damned close to top ten, was drink whole milk!!!…okay that is kind of a bold statement with facts and research listed so their claims can be checked out!

Then, in the editorial page of Hoard’s Dairyman magazine, they’re telling me how full fat dairy is back; butter whole milk, even eggnog, have regained sales with stats that butter is up 20% in last five years, overtaking records posted near WWII!

Whole milk sales 530 million pounds up thru 10 months of 2016 and stabilizing milk beverage category! Even eggnog with once vilified eggs and whole milk is posting record sales past holiday season!

They then went on to tell how from genetics side more should be done in the future…Wait, hold on, with stats like these and more out there right now, why aren’t processors, big chain stores, mom and pop shops, restaurants, schools…where ever milk and butter are consumed or sold…using this to keep the ball rolling?

Me preaching it on a blog or processor, big store advertisement…who reaches more?

One last stat from Cornell predicts that by 2020, instead of 40,000 dairy producers there will be only 16,000…Yeah…2020, just three years away! I can hear it now,the voice from the commercial ‘what’s in your wallet’ saying ‘know where your food came from’ over a plate of food on your TV screen! Can’t wait!!

Why is this such a burr under my saddle? Well, back years ago, my mother walked into a large chain store to see a big banner in the dairy isle telling every one that milk products were going up because the farmer was getting more!!!!???

That taste has never left my mouth, so all fair in love and war, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, which ever one fits my frustration!!! oh yes, she bore them a new ass hole, showed them where the bear shit in the buckwheat and more…I think her first words were ‘take me to your manager!!!’

Did I not hear once in business that the customer is always right? So lets give then what they want and need…

Herd Check…

100_0075Have just finished  updating my calf book, up to the minute, just waiting for Ms. Laweeze to have her’s…also made out my list for tomorrow’s (Today is tomorrow) herd check with Dr. Jack, my own personal Dr. Pol…

Jack has been our dog vet for ever and did out cattle full time when he first started in the area, I’d guess 40 years ago, then we added cows to our herd so we had to go with a bigger vet practice as Jack gave up some of his herds to do more clinic work, I guess.

But these last years, as we have gotten smaller, I would call him a full-timer again…This time I have a list of about 20 cows and heifers with breeding dates going back to Oct on up to mid February for him to give me a yay or nay on, along with any problems he may find and what could be done to fix it…

Jack knows I am not big on using drugs and has the  experience to give alternatives. It is not just pregnancy checks on some vet visits; he may work on one of our pets like Sadie, Beanie or even a wild one, vaccinate calves, castrate bulls and even help us chase down some headed to the fair…yeah, they lead real well…you name it…

He is also not afraid to get down and dirty and will try anything once!…Like when he tranquilized my first two bucking bulls I raised, to cut their horns along with brand them and give their shots so I could take them to the rodeo. Their names were Buster and Otto.

Buster ( photo above, on right) was an 1800lb. gray Brahma with big v-shaped clown stabber horns on top of his head and Otto was a red, wide as he was tall Angus looking bull who had baseball bats sticking straight out each side of his head!!!

Otto was calm, so-so friendly and went to sleep with one shot from Jack’s dart gun, while Buster was still ready to come after us, so Jack ( an avid calf roper ) through one over Buster’s horns and we threw it around a 6×6 on the side of the barn.

We tried to pull him closer to the 6×6, and he didn’t lay down, so Jack got another rope on his back legs and we were able to lay him down and tie his head around to his back legs.

Now when we started this little adventure, there was four of us, two with bulls and two watching…now the driveway was full of cars and trucks, some along the road with people watching from there, and even a couple of people even got in the corral helping wrestle these bulls!

Now with both bulls secure, we cut the tips of their horns down so they were flat and at least blunted, the size of a half dollar. After this was done, Jack did a health check, finding them both in good health.

Before we pulled off all those ropes and got our butts out of there, I had made a branding iron in the shape of ‘ EG’ in a circle; that way when they became these great bucking bulls, I’d be famous!!!

Well, that didn’t happen but one rodeo they won second and third on Buster and Otto, problem being they only rode three altogether. One score in the eighties, two in the sixties, but I didn’t have to tell you that…Could or should have just said the cowboys won second and third one night on my first two home grown buckin’ bulls…not bad, eh???