Wednesday, June 22, 2011
But we also have started tying up the big heifers and this weekend we had our first show. It was exciting, because now I am in real 4-H and can show my heifer by myself. Here I am with my heifer 097. She is one year old and should be pregnant. She behaved really good in the show ring. There were 7 heifers in her class. The judge put 097 and I right in the middle of the class. Later they judged us on showmanship and I got reserve champion showman in the junior class. I was really happy to do so well. Hannah showed too but she will have to tell you how she did.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
We are almost done feeding a bottle to Libby. Before we feed Libby though we feed Roza(photo above - the mom of the twin boys) as they share part of a pen. This is nice for Libby because she has friends nearby. See how big her bottle is? She is drinking her bottle faster now but she gets more milk - so it takes just as long to feed her. She gets excited when she sees the bottle. When she drinks she swings her tail, but not as fast as a dog.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The red machine on the back of the tractor is a snow blower. Dad can move a lot of snow with it and even make piles of snow. The piles are big and we like to play on them.
Hannah and Isaac
Monday, March 14, 2011
This is Roza and two bull calves. They are twins. Sometimes they take turns drinking. They are growing really well, but we put them in a pen so they will learn to eat creep feed. Creep feed is a kind of feed made just for calves so they learn how to eat other kinds of food and grow faster. Roza protects her calves. Today we saw a possum near the pen. Hannah was really scared but Roza will protect her calves.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
We now have 22 calves including Libby. We just finished putting tags in the calves ears. We also put a tatoo in their ear, just in case the tag comes out for some reason then we still have an ID on them. This tatoo is required in order for them to be registered animals. The tatoo is green and the number on their tag. We then weighed them. Boy have they grown already. Most were around 80 pounds when they were born and now weigh a little over 100. Their mama's milk is really good for them.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Isaac and Hannah
Monday, February 14, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
We put extra straw to help keep the lamb warm and dry. It is bad for the lambs to get wet in this really bad weather. I don't mind fluffing the straw because it is good for the animals. We also got two more calves, a bull calf and a heifer calf. We will try to get a picture up soon.
Monday, February 7, 2011
We went to help Grandpa with the lambs. The ewe (female sheep) is really a good mama taking good care of her twins. This year we are having lots of twins and triplets those mamas work hard keeping their bellies full. The lambs look black now but in a few months will look more like their mother who is a Suffolk sheep. That means they will have black heads and legs and white neck and middle. When the sheep has her lambs we put her in a small pen called a jug. This will give the lambs some time to get stronger before they join a bigger group.
Some times the mama needs some help with her lambs. We get to bottle a few lambs to help the mama. This is fun - they really wiggle their tails.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This morning at about 3am our first calf of 2011 was born to a first calf heifer. This means she is only 2 years old and hasn't ever had a baby before. She had a bull calf. We had a snow day today so we had to go and help him dry off and get him to walk and drink milk. This took awhile as dad gave him milk earlier. To help him get warm so his ears wouldn't freeze Andrew put him in the calf heater. Now he is back with his mama. I will get you pictures of him up soon.
Hi I'm Isaac and I am growin up on a farm in Minnesota. I am the baby of the family having Samantha, Andrew and Hannah as older siblings. On our farm we have Red Angus Cattle and in the summer we have show pigs. We also have alot of barn cats, who dad doesnt like very well. Down the road grandpa houses all the Suffolk sheep. I've spent my summer going to lots of fairs ever since i was a baby watching my siblings show untill I was old enough. The reason for this blog is to let everyone who doesnt live on a farm know how wonderful it is all year round. My siblings and I will try and give you a taste of our lives.