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Monday, April 28, 2014

Angus, Brisket, & Chuck

We now have 3 bottle calves.
They are so cute!  We are raising a few bottle babies to see if they will be easier to handle when they get bigger and halter training has commenced.  It has been a challenge so far to keep them healthy though.  Bottle calves have to watched very closely.

Angus was the first one we got and the favorite so far.  He's pure Black Angus and came from some friends ranch. And he loves scratches under the chin!

The other two have some dairy in them and they are just settling in.  I need to figure out how to get their ear tags out!

This one is Brisket
and the other Chuck.
Yes, beef names.  
It reminds us not to get too attached.

We're excited to raise them from babies.

O Lord Almighty,
blessed is the man who trusts in you.
Psalm 84:12

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Riviera & her pet goat

Rivi is settled in on the farm

and she and Jonah are jumping so well together!

Sweet D is being leased and is not on the farm. 
So since Riviera is the only horse here,
she needed a friend.

Brownie is the go-to-girl for that.
That silly little goat has been a great companion for Rivi.
And she's loosing weight (and she needed too) because Rivi chases her around the pasture a couple of times a day.
It's so funny to watch!

Don't let the pinned ears fool you,
they are friends except when they are competing at the fence for attention.

We've decided every horse needs a pet goat.

A friend loves at all times.
Proverbs 17:17

Monday, April 7, 2014

Four Favorites

Lambing 2014 is complete
with a total of 20 lambs, the most we've ever had.
I must say it was a challenging year
with 5 bottle lambs and 2 deaths.
Still, it has been rewarding
and we have learned a lot about shepherding.

Among the 20, there are a few stand-outs in the crowd.

Alpine ~
a blue eyed 2 horned ram.
He has amazing fleece and perfect face markings
as well as that nice slender look we love.

This darkly marked 2 horn ram is out of our flock matron, Precious.  She has old breed lines and we've been  hoping for a great ram from her.  She didn't disappoint us.  He's fabulous.

Oh my.  She's just as pretty as she can be.
I think she's an improvement over her dam
and she's hard to beat.

 We are all fond of him because he loves attention.  
Right from the start, he has been entertaining us (hence, the name)
He is a 4 horn with lots of spots.

I know what you are thinking.  "How can you have favorites when they are all so cute?"

When you are a shepherd, you must evaluate each lamb on genetic diversity, conformation, markings, fleece and horn structure.  And then you look for presence ~ that something special that makes them stand out in a crowd. 

I think these four have it
 so they are my favorites.
Which one of the four do you like?

You will seek me and find me 
when you seek me with all your heart,
 says the LORD.
Jeremiah 29:13

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Signs of Spring

There of signs of spring all around the farm.

Pushing there way up through the ground,
are lots of lilies in the flower garden and
 little rows of lettuce in the veggie garden.

In Oklahoma, we know it's spring
when the Redbud trees are in full bloom.

Green grass is popping up everywhere too.
This is a welcome sign on a farm.
We know the hay hauling days are almost complete.

Aren't the peach tree blooms delightful?

It makes you want to lounge in a chair outside

or on the grass, if you prefer. ;)

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.
Jeremiah 31:25


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