Hey all! How are you doing in the heat of mid-July?
We’ve had some really hot days around here, reaching 99 or 100 on Monday. We also have very dry fields and crops, so I was thrilled to finally wake up to rain this morning. And 65 degrees!
I enjoyed a quick run in the rain, my first run all week. I’m still struggling to find time for running along with balance for work, home, and family lately. It’s strange, but I almost always do better with my training in the dead of winter.
As my husband astutely pointed out though, usually the farm is less busy in the dead of winter.
Anyhow, on to today’s topic. Etta.
I can’t believe I haven’t posted about this yet, but a few weeks ago Etta took her first trailer ride off the farm. She and a group of about 15 other heifers moved to a farm just a few miles down the road.
We essentially lease some space from them because we don’t have enough space for all our yearling (year-old) heifers. I guess Etta isn’t quite a year, but she will be 10 months on Friday.
We still take care of vaccines, breeding, and animal health, but the other farm feeds and beds the animals we have there everyday.
Of course she didn’t want to pose very long, but here’s Etta at her temporary new home.
She’ll come back to our farm about 3 months before she has her first calf. She’s not pregnant yet, and we won’t breed her until 13 or 14 months old, so she’ll be away about 1 year.
No worries though. I’ll still see her when we give vaccines or move animals to and from the other farm. You’ll still get Etta updates.
Our truck and trailer also posed for a moment before we pulled away.
In the dairy barn back at the farm we’ve been project-ing away in spite of the heat. What may end up as the hottest day all summer, Monday, we hung more fans in the new part of the barn.
One thing’s for sure, the cows were quite curious as to why we were interfering in their pen!
I know they’ll appreciate the extra breezes though. 🙂