Now that it is summer we have our dry cows and closeups sort of spread out, so we have to make routine checks to make sure no one is calving out in the far pastures and every once in a while we do.
So for that we have to load up and herd the whole group up to the working corrals and sort off the fresh cow and at that time we will pull off anyone else that looks like they are going to calve soon.
I would say 95% of our closeups are up by the dairy barn so we can keep an eye on them. But every so often we get a "springer" that comes on fast & hard and calves sooner than we anticipated.
To properly and efficiently herd this size group up to the working pen you need at least two people on separate vehicles (four wheeler etc.), it makes it a lot easier with three though...
Jer, Bryce and I did it, the girls in the back of the gator with me, Bryce driving the quad, at times with Jer and at times Jer was on foot! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
Out at the ranch, the hay has been baled and...
the corn is growing!
In the milk barn things have gotten crazy, the boys have resulted to milking in board shorts, haha!
Here's our milker Zac, he has even resulted to Crocs on somedays, lol!
Since we are a d.i.y. family, Jer and Bryce went down and rented a cement saw to cut this drain out of the ground because no matter what we did we couldn't get it unclogged!
This project is not complete because our local little hard wear stores didn't carry the drain boxes we were looking for so yesterday, the kids Jer and I went to Lowe's and purchased what we needed to finish. Next dairy life lately I will highlight the finish project!
Bryce is loving his new scooter by the way, if you follow me on instagram @mehaffeymoments, you would of seen that we bought him a Razor off road scooter for a job well done in 3rd grade.
This morning he also got up with his Dad at 3:30 a.m. to help milk and earn some money, I'm not for earning money helping the family with regular family chores but, if he helps do a big task like help his Dad in the milk barn then he can get paid; how much is still being determined. :)
Talk to you soon and have a great Monday!
The start to a new week and a clean slate.