The folks buying the cows drove down yesterday from north of Spokane and we loaded up the milk stanchion, cows and Oscar this morning. I was surprised at how much weight Oscar has gained in the two weeks since he was born. When he was first minutes old I easily picked him up and carried him, but I had to have help this morning and he still felt very heavy.
Maggy, Matilda & Oscar in the corral yesterday evening
Monday afternoon, just before the brand inspector arrived Maggy broker her halter, when I had her tied and was trying to apply fly spray. So as soon as the inspection was over I ran to the feed store to get her a new one. Then I tried to catch her again, but she was having none of that. Guess she figured she was going to get sprayed again if I did catch her.
We have a pending sale on our little cow herd, with pick-up tentatively scheduled for the 24th of this month. I went out in the field to take some more pictures for the buyer, and Matilda kept a watchful eye but allowed me to approach. Oscar came trotting over to say "hi" and then momma called him back.
I sure am going to miss my beautiful girls! So to cheer myself up, I took the kids up to Cordova Crest Farms to look at some bucklings I am considering as potential herd sires. Very cute little guys, but Bekah fell in love with the two week old doelings.
They are very cute, especially the white one - she was just so full of personality. There is also a beautiful gold buckskin doe available that was born on hubbies birthday this year. Had to keep reminding myself we were there to see the boys. The buckling on the far right is the one we are most interested in, but he is only a month old and needs to grow a little more before we can truly evaluate his potential.
Well after the rough start to the mother-son relationship last night, Matilda and Oscar seem to finally be bonded and Matilda is keeping a very watchful eye on him.
About 7:30pm Bekah came in the house and said "Mom if you go outside, Matilda will have her baby." So went and checked and sure enough Matilda was in active labor.
In addition to the goats and chickens we also have a couple of two year old Irish Dexter heifers one of which is due to calve on July 11th. They are both currently for sale, as hubby has asked that I concentrate on the goats, since they are safer for our children to be around.
Last night I separated Matilda from her half sister Maggy and penned her in the corral where I could keep a closer eye on her. Today I gave her a good brushing and had an extensive hands on inspection. Her udder appears to be bagging up quite nicely and I could just barely feel her ligaments, so she seems to be right on schedule. Of course we are hoping for a heifer calf, but at this point any healthy calf would be just fine.