As we have watched the bulls plow through gates and beat each other up over the past several weeks, we have decided to sell "Gunner", the younger of the two. He is challenging "Shooter" and it is causing problems around here. We are planning on breeding him to two of the cows, so he will be ready to go in a couple of months. We will move the girls and him to a friend's pasture to eliminate the competition. He is a nice guy, just coming into his own. He is a registered Pinzgauer bull, 2.5 yrs old, and has been semen and trich tested last October. His official name is Grit's Gunman. He has a rare cross of bloodlines that is hard to come by. His mama is Diamond Panache (1998 Reserve Grand Champion Female). He has True Grit for his Sire who is out of Tyrol (one of the original import bulls, registration #0000003) and Karman Oak (who was the foundation cow for Diamond T Cattle in Alberta, Canada). Please call for more details, price, etc. (970)856-6058.
2 more yak calves were born last week, one heifer and one bull calf. We are excited that they are all doing so well. The yaks are now down in the corner field next to the veterinary clinic, and we get lots of comments and people slowing as they drive by to check them out. The babies are getting more playful and visible, for the first several days they were hiding in the grass sleeping most of the time. We sell the yak meat at the clinic, and have several regular customers coming in to get it. These two calves were born to a couple of our older girls, Bess, who is a great momma, and Daisy, who was beating up the tractor while we caught and vaccinated her little girl.
This morning when I was out moving sprinklers, Buck found something in the field that he kept sniffing and going back to. I went over to check it out and found a new baby fawn. It was unbelievably small, smaller than Brother, the cat that was out there with me. I got the kids, and they came out and loved it. While we were looking at the fawn, Buck found a second one about 20 feet away. The grass wasn't even that tall, and you almost had to stumble over them to see them. They are so well camouflaged! Tori wants a pet fawn now. After swimming, we went out to see if they were still there, but mom had come back and moved them. Maybe we'll find them again tomorrow!
The first yak calf of the season!
We had our first calf on Sunday, June 10th. It is a little heifer calf, with one white sock on a hind leg. This is Lacey's third calf, and she is a very good mom. We went out with the tractor to catch her and give her a vaccine a few hours after she was born. The calves are very small at birth, and we have never had to assist a birth. This one weighed in at about 30 pounds, and is super cute. Hopefully we'll have several more to come this summer!
Susie (and sometimes Jeff) Hirsch, parents, vets, small scale ranchers, and regular people, who must have a sense of humor to survive!