Last Wednesday, Tori, Gus and I came home around 6pm to a still-wet little calf out in the field. Our last heifer finally calved, and it was a good sized bull calf. The kids and I came in and got some towels because the wind was picking up and it was cool out. We helped dry him off while his mother closely supervised. It was neat for Tori to be able to help. Shortly after he stood up and started nursing. When it was getting dark and time to come in from the field, he couldn't walk that far. It took both Jeff and I to lift him and bring him in to the pen. Starlette, his mother, was eagerly looking for him, and has turned out to be a great mom. The next day he went running and bucking out of the night pen, and now we can't even catch him. No more new calves til next summer!
Just over a week ago we got a Great Pyrenees puppy named Buck. He will be a kid and livestock guardian dog. He is super friendly, a fast learner, and rather large for a 5 month old puppy. He weighs in at 68lbs right now, and is about the same height as Gus. Which makes for convenient face licking! The girls have been working with him on the leash, and he has fun with them. We will be learning right along with him about how to train a livestock guardian!
Susie (and sometimes Jeff) Hirsch, parents, vets, small scale ranchers, and regular people, who must have a sense of humor to survive!