Farm Life

Heifers

Last Monday, Anthony and I officially got our start as hobby farmers. Anthony was approached by one of our friends and neighboring farmers about the possibility of raising a few heifers in one of our barns.
I asked Anthony if we could think about it for a bit – we never really entertained the idea of having cows. Chickens, yes.  Possibly goats and hopefully miniature donkeys, but not cows. But we didn’t have much time because the person selling the girls was going to take them to auction the next day. So we talked about it and decided to go for it. My whole reason for moving to this place was to eventually have animals.

Anthony told me we had a few weeks until we got them and showed me the barn where he and Kevin talked about keeping them. I figured we had enough time to paint and clean and remove rust, etc. Turns out we didn’t, and I don’t think Anthony ever really was on board with all of my remodeling/barn revamping ideas anyway. Anthony and Kevin put some hay and basic supplies in the barn, blocked off some areas and put up some temporary fencing in the pasture.

Here’s a few pics of the barn before the girls arrived:

barn door lucky break acres

lucky break hay

The inspector had to check out the feed and the hay, of course

lucky break acres classic barn

lucky break classic barn

kevin and anthony

Kevin and Anthony working it all out

Gialla Lucky Break Acres

lucky break acres classic barn

On Monday afternoon, we were off and headed to Johnson Creek. That’s Kevin and his Dad Herb in front of us.

heifer trailer

The plan is to raise these heifers on our farm and in our pasture. Next summer we will breed them, probably by way of artificial insemination. Approximately nine months later, barring any complications we will have two calves. If we have a girl, we can sell her or keep her and grow our herd, if we have a boy he will go across the street to Kevin’s to be raised for beef cattle. So these are Kevin’s girls as much as they are ours.

The amazing man we bought the girls from, Glenn Rummler

The amazing man we bought the girls from, Glenn Rummler

Kevin had told us what a kind man Glenn was, but I had no idea what a wonderful man we were about to meet. He is a real life cow whisperer, soft spoken and just a very sweet person. He even pulled some beets out of his garden to give us to take home. We eventually got everyone in the trailer and headed back home.

loading up the girls

Anthony with calves

I was nervous about getting the girls home at night, but it all turned out to be okay. The first two days they mooed like crazy; I’m guessing they were missing their Moms and probably Glenn too.

Meet Patsy

Patsy lucky break acres

and Loretta

Loretta Lucky Break Acres

Loretta got a little crazy with the hay on her head. She’s still learning and Patsy’s always sure to show her the way. That’s how I named them, after two of my favorite ladies of country music, Ms Patsy Cline and Ms Loretta Lynn. I know that Patsy showed Loretta the ropes, and that’s kind of what is going on in our pasture.

family tree

Patsy = #5 Loretta = #14

These girls were born in May, Glenn wrote out their family history for us to keep track of.

Here’s a few pics once they got to our place.

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I think they’re doing alright, and we LOVE having them here. The first night they were here I slept about 2 hours and jumped up first thing in the morning to go down and see them. It was difficult leaving the house the first few days, it felt strange just leaving them out in the pasture.

girls in the pasture

In my quick research about cows, late the night before we went to pick them up, I read that cows enjoy music, much more than the sound of human voices. As soon as we got to Glenn’s farm, I could hear country music playing and it was inside the barn. Kevin’s Dad pointed it out to me and said that it is always on for Glenn’s cows. So of course we had to install a fancy sound system for Patsy and Loretta.

barn sound system

This wasn’t something that we planned to do right now, the barn doesn’t look the way that I want it to look and I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, but I think it’s all the perfect storm and once again, everything happens for a reason.

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Leslie 2015-11-18 at 4:36 pm

    Congrats on your new additions!! I think I would sit and watch them for hours! Can’t wait to meet the two fabulous ladies of country mooooosic!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-11-19 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks Momma! We can’t wait for you to meet them!

  • Reply Maryann 2015-11-17 at 10:38 am

    Thank you for sharing. I really want to come out so bad! Soon my family! Love you guys!!!! Congrats on Patsy and Loretta…they are too cute!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-11-17 at 9:08 pm

      We can’t wait to see you and thanks so much! Love you too!

  • Reply Kristen 2015-11-16 at 11:32 pm

    This is so great!!!! I’m so happy for you and Anthony! Your baby girls are too cute🐮🐮

    • Reply Michelle 2015-11-17 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Kris!

  • Reply Momma 2015-11-16 at 11:18 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to meet my two newest granddaughters…huuum I wonder what I should get them for Christmas???

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