Well, the calves don't quite have the same luxuries as TJ and the main herd...no wading pool for them! Rosie and crew spend most of their day under to cool shade of the oak trees in their paddock. It takes some persuading to get them out into the heat but a bucket of cubes always seems to do the trick!
Hay day finally arrived...one day it will pay (but until then, the mini cows have plenty to eat this winter! After narrowly missing a rain storm, we were able to bale and get all of the bales picked up just in time. It was a hot day so I stayed inside (yes - once again!) but my friends Little Dog and Madison wouldn't miss the action.
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TJ is taking full advantage of the amenities around here. He has decided that that the pond is his personal pool and spends an amazing amount of time up to his neck in cool water. He doesn't seem to mind that he can't see the bottom (or what else might be swimming with him)...as I mentioned yesterday, I steer clear if I can't see the bottom. I prefer the cool clear waters of the "real" pool but don't tell TJ!
It's that time of year again and it looks like it will be a good hay crop! The big tractors came by several weeks ago to weedkill/fertilize and the rain has been perfect. As you can see, Max and Madie are ready and waiting for their new hay crop....I like it because the short grass is much easier to run through - I don't like walking in long grass as you never know what's underneath (ie snakes!). I may be a big bloodhound, but I don't like things that slither!!
The 'General' supervising....
I have decided its time to start implement some structure around here!! As you saw earlier this week, my "reserves" aren't quite ready for battle. They seem to get easily distracted....and coming from me, that's something! Not quite sure what I am going to do to change that, but I am working on some new training routines....its not easy when there are 6 little ones and one never knows when they might be called to duty!
like pigs wallowing...
I was getting nervous when I couldn't find the herd in the back field. Imagine my surprise when I came across this sight tonight!! The cows were up to their necks and were in no hurry to get out....that is except for Alice, who wouldn't miss her cubes for anything!
I almost called in the reserves to join in the search....but as you can see below, they were "busy"!
2010 heifer calf
Once again it looks like Sugar has produced another winner! This little lady is a Feb 2010 calf and it looks like she is Houston/Austin bound next spring. I overheard MMH cattle won't be at the State Fair in September due to the impending birth of the human baby but we'll be back in full force by next spring!
Even my photos look hot! The summer heat has kept my adventures brief and these days I am relying on my friends Little Dog and Pudge to keep me informed more and more (I supervise from the cool air conditioned comfort of my bed). However, that being said, I did take a minute to admire our little bull calf this afternoon. Maybe TJ and Elvis have a young friend joining the bull field?!?
This weekend was halter time....and someone was not too happy about it! Unfortunately, I was left to witness from afar - apparently my little friends (Peggy, Blackie, Pinkie, Lulu and crew) are not very helpful. They have not adopted my laid back, supervisory approach to the mini cows. I hear the Madie's bull calf not only looks good but has a great personality! Unlike last year's bull calf, he is very friendly and doesn't mind the halter too much. As you can see, his sister did not have the same outlook!
The World According to Dudley (as told by Little Dog as of 2011)
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