Friday, July 30, 2010
Joyance (a real word- look it up)
One of the 50 Freedom Ranger chickens adopted the guineas as his buddies and formed a ballet troupe.
Lariat went into heat two weekends ago and we called the Artificial Insemination technician that our neighbor recommended. Because a cows heat cycle is only about a a day long, the AI guy is always on call. He showed up and it took him about 10 minutes to warm the straw and administer it. If all goes well, Lariat will have a calf at the end of April! LaFonda should go into heat this weekend.
The sires we chose for Lariat and LaFonda are mini breeds-mini Dexter for our Dexter, Lariat, and mini White Park for our Jersey mix, LaFonda. Our reasoning was that we have such small acreage, our pastures will better support mini cows. As novice farmers we are also a bit nervous about calving and we figured there would much less likely be problems if the calves were small breeds.