Getting our first Scottish Highland meat soon. Our guy was 28 mos. Hanging weight 366 lbs. Small by most standard breeds I know, but great for the 2 of us. Should still be a bit over 200 lbs of take home beef.
He loaded on the trailer great and got off calmly. Can't get any easier then that...
We set up a display last year at the Scottish Highland Games. A real Scottish Highland cow was a big hit.
We let the kids go in and brush her. They were immediately asking us to come back again next year.
Some of you may remember my first calf Rowen. She was born a bit premature and had a show start so we were bottle raising her. She's 2 and a half now, and we decided to try AI.
My catch area. Discovered it needs a little improvement.
Ok. I'm taking a break from breeding this year. The boys got out in early fall and I had to lute all the does.
This may have happened twice. :rolleyes: Fast forward to now. Holly is developing an udder. Its soft. She does not look pregnant. So I was thinking maybe precocious udder. I sent blood...
For a while now I have pulled kids at birth , bottle fed and milked. I did this for a few reasons.
1. Maximize does milk volume and extend lactation.
2.Kids are more friendly.
3. Make cheeses and other dairy products from the milk.
4.Easy to monitor udder and kids feeding habits.
This year I...
I had a buckling born today who had a wattle under an eye. Seemed strange I've never had one before.
I snipped it off with sissors. Came off clean and no bleeding. Just passing it along if anyone has wattles and wants a cleaner look, it was no big deal.
Do it on their birthday.
I was given a 3.5 month old Highland calf who was diagnosed with a protein deficiency. Her mother had mastitis. The baby was bottle fed as well as being left on the mom. She was increasing loosing weight. The owners noticed and asked me to take her because I can keep her alone and feed her. They...
McDougal our bull
Rowen (red) and Moyra (dun) for a grooming session.
The babies on their hay pile
Moyra. She's 18 months old. I had her about a week and she got out and got in with the big guys.
I had to give her a shot of lutylase the other day. That was FUN. Because I...
Some of you may remember the calf I brought in the kitchen early last spring. Well, we have had a few improvements since then, and I just thought I'd share. Up until then, most improvements were to barns and fencing, but last spring we updated the kitchen, and I love it.
Before photo. Cabinets...
I harvested 2 medium supers on July 4th. I had another that I put some incomplete frames in. Some had full capped honey on one side. A few had a little bit of brood and some were not completely drawn out. I put that super together with a queen excluder then left it for 8 weeks ( I ment to check...
Here's the girls
Here's the doe kids from this year. All three have different sires and dams.
I'm going to take next year off breeding and milking. Then figure if I want to continue. Dairy goats are a lot
Some of you may know that we lost Stella this year after a difficult kidding. She was a great doe. Excellent bloodlines and milk production. We were lucky enough to have her leave behind some lovely does for our future.
Here's Stella. RIP
The one on the end Holly...
Harvesting honey tomorrow. I have 2 medium supers full. I have 1 frame in each super with a tiny amount of brood on one side. My plan is to put those back on the hive with a queen excluder then harvest the frames after the brood has hatched. Looks like a good harvest this year. :fl :drool