Farm Life

1 Year Heifer Anniversary

This week marks the one year anniversary of when we purchased our first real farm animals, Patsy and Loretta. I can’t begin to adequately describe in words how much these two have impacted our lives. So I thought I would do it with pictures.

Glenn and Anthony

We met Glenn, the man also known to us as the cow whisperer. We bought the girls from him and with a tear in his eye, he told us he was happy that they were being sold to us rather than going to auction. Glenn and I email each other frequently; he helps me with all of my farm related questions and also sends me cow stories, farm related publications and lots of jokes.

First day with the girls

I couldn’t sleep the first few nights we had them. They bellowed a lot for two days, missing their herd and their Mommas.

I felt bad for them, I was worried they were cold, that they felt nervous being here, that they might run away and who knows what else. And of course they were fine. It was all just the order of things.

We learned early on that Patsy was the boss. And the hungriest – from the moment she stepped foot into the barn she started eating and hasn’t stopped since. Whenever we need to get her to move somewhere or basically do just about anything, we use a bit of corn to entice her. Works every time.

Paty's first night

Patsy’s first two minutes in the barn

We had to stop using this feeder because Patsy would get stuck inside it

We had to stop using this feeder because Patsy would get stuck inside of it

Once again, Patsy inside a feeder

Once again, Patsy inside a feeder

Getting Patsy out of the feeder

Loretta is the shy and skittish one. She always has poop on her tail and straw or grass on her head. Her sweet and nervous personality makes people love her immediately. Or it might be her beautiful long lashes, I’m not sure.

Loretta's messy head

Loretta in the field

Loretta up close

They are always together. They are their own little herd and have stuck together from day one. They lived at the farm next door for 3 months and every single time we visited them, they were together. I get nervous when I see one without the other, especially since Patsy took on a new role this summer as an escape artist.

Together Patsy and Loretta

Patsy and Loretta

Patsy and Loretta

 

Patsy and Loretta into the sunset

together at the mineral bar

They even lick the mineral block together

Eating together at the neighbor's

Eating together at the neighbor’s

patsy and Loretta together in the barn

These are Patsy’s hoof prints in the sunflower garden.

hoofprints in the garden

This was probably the scariest day this year. We live on a very busy road and didn’t discover her absence until about 8 am. Who knows how long she had been out and where she had been. This is also the day we electrified the fencing. Hopefully that will hold them in a bit better from now on.

Gigi's jealousy

Gigi’s extreme jealousy has led to us leaving her in the house when we feed or interact with the girls. I’m sad that she can’t be with us and learn to get along with everyone, but it’s better and safer for everyone with her inside. Patsy is ready to head butt Gigi at all times.

cow selfie

Anthony Patsy and Loretta

me and Patsy

We took too many cow selfies to count, got lots of cow kisses from their giant scratchy tongues, brushed and pet them as much as they would let us. We figured out how best to clean up cow poop in our pajamas, which, as it turns out, is very carefully.

Anthony shoveling

We watched them meet the neighbors and have many meetings at the fence line.

Meeting the neighbors

Good talk

We learned that cows clean out their nostrils with their tongues. So attractive.

tongue in the nose

They went next door to be inseminated in the beginning of July. Patsy is “settled”, Loretta is “open”, meaning Patsy is knocked up and Loretta is not. So we kept them next door to hang with the bulls for another six weeks, hoping it would happen the natural way. It did not. In the middle of October, they *finally* got to come back home and this time they brought a friend. He’s a bull and he’s here to settle this business of Loretta not being pregnant. Meet Barney.

Barney in the field

I love seeing the three of them in the pasture together, eating, grooming each other and basking in the sun. I really hope this creates the perfect romantic setting for Barney and Loretta, so that next year I can write about Patsy and Loretta’s two-year anniversary. I don’t really want to think about my first experience with culling to be Loretta, the sweetest of the bunch.

Patsy and Loretta signs

The three lucky break cows

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12 Comments

  • Reply Kate Abbe 2016-11-22 at 11:22 am

    I think Patsy and I would be fast friends! I too am an eater! I have yet to get trapped in the fridge though:) Thanks for sharing the year in review! Such happy cows!

    • Reply Michelle 2016-11-22 at 6:22 pm

      Haha, thanks for reading!

  • Reply Terrence McAllister 2016-11-15 at 11:15 pm

    Tony and Michelle (Hope I spelled that right),

    Sonya and I have been looking around the country for farm and/or ranch property ourselves and ran into one of our coworkers that told us about your dairy farm. They passed on your information to us and signed up for your blog. Sonya and I really enjoyed reading your posts. Thanks for sharing and we hope all is well. Maybe we can drive the RV up for a visit. Take care.

    • Reply Michelle 2016-11-17 at 10:28 pm

      Terry! So great to hear from you guys. We are so happy that you are reading our posts. Best of luck with your property hunt and of course you are welcome any time you make it out our way!

  • Reply Momma 2016-11-13 at 12:06 am

    Patsy and Loretta have the best parent ever. I can’t wait to see them at Christmas. What should I get them grandma?

    • Reply Michelle 2016-11-13 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you! And they only want your love, so bring lots of that.

  • Reply Judy Judy 2016-11-12 at 4:10 pm

    What lucky girls Patsy and Loretta are to have you and Anthony as their guardians! : ) You all have done a great job raising them and loving them!

    • Reply Michelle 2016-11-12 at 9:23 pm

      Aww, thanks so much Judy.

  • Reply Maryann 2016-11-12 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing. It always brings a smile to my face. I hope Barney does the “job”!!!!! Looking forward to visiting real soon!

    • Reply Michelle 2016-11-12 at 9:22 pm

      I hope he does too and we would love to see you again, soon!

  • Reply Veronica Martinez 2016-11-12 at 1:26 pm

    This is great Michelle! Happy Cowaversary for Loretta & Patsy! Hope all is well sister sledge! Xoxo

    • Reply Michelle 2016-11-12 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Sister Sledge! Love you, hope all is well with you as well.

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