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A lost and found day

Tuesday 26 June, 2012

by Rosemary at 7:59pm in Agriculture 1 comment Comments closed

Since it was a lovely day here (until 7pm when it started to rain heavily), I planned to get a few jobs done outside.

First was mucking out the field shelter. Now, I've been putting this off 'cos it's not a nice job. The cattle were fed in there over winter, so there is a thick layer of wet, shitty hay lying. It will make great manure in due course but at the moment it's no nice sad. I took the box trailer round two weeks ago too, but I could put it off no longer. I went to get my nice blue graip... but it was nowhere to be found. I looked in all the usual places and some not so usual, but no sign. So off I went with an old graip, with a rough wooden handle and bent tines. An hour and a blister later, I was fed-up.

Rosedean Santa Ana

Wednesday 27 June, 2012

by Rosemary at 10:47pm in Cattle 2 comments Comments closed

Two days before her due date, Blizzard gave birth to a heifer calf today at 5pm. We're calling her Rosedean Santa Ana or Annie for short.

Blizzard and Rosedean Santa AnaRosedean Santa Ana

She's by a bull called Collafirth Viking, who is grey, but Annie is dun and white like her mother.

After I fed the pigs at teatime, I popped round to check the sheep and cattle and saw Bliz with something white on the ground. To be honest, I thought it was a plastic bag at first, but no - it was the calf. In good Shetland tradition, she did it all by herself, despite loooking like she was going to give birth to a whale, or at least and elephant.

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