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Posted: Thursday 2 October, 2014

by Rosemary Champion at 11:16am in Cattle No comments Add your own

We moved Storm, our bull, back to our rented grazing a couple of nights ago. He and our 2012 bullock are going for slaughter next week and we've arranged for the haulier to pick up there rather than here, as we're doing work on the barn and track next week.

He's quite canny and loaded a dream; but now he's away, I can get in and give the girls a good scratch and a cuddle :-) He was put in with the cows in August and has been running with them for nearly ten weeks. If last year's performance is anything to go by, all four should be in calf. If they are, it will be Breeze and Blizzard's fourth pregnacy, Annie's second and Bonnie's first.

I've arranged for the vet to come and scan them on 22nd October; he'll also jag the two heifer calves from this year just in case they've been covered and he'll castrate Hamish. Oh, and do the BVD blood tests too. Fun day!

I'm hoping that we can go and get the new bull, Wharncliffe Kingmaker, the next weekend 25th / 26th October. He'll be quarantined for three weeks before being turned out and I'm planning to halter train him- maybe I should buy some shinpads :-)

We've still got a fair bit if grass here; when Storm and George go next week, we'll bring Charlie down here to run with the cows until housing, then he, the bull and young Hamish will go back to Astwood to winter in the woods. Only the girls get to come indoors :-)

Blizzard's feet a bit long, so I'm planning to have them trimmed once she's into the second trimester, which will be about housing time, so should work in fine.

And that's where we are with the cattle.

 

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