November 26 marks the date of birth for our first baby calf. It's a girl! So, this is the beginning of my herd and I have reached my goal of 6 cows this year.
My goal for next year is 10 adult heifers and an undetermined amount of calves.
I am a fan of Joel Salatin and have been thinking about how to give my animals a healthy, natural life while they are on this farm. I have no choice but to get really good about fencing if I am to move livestock from pasture to pasture. I can put in metal tposts and fasten cattle panels to them. Electric fencing has me a bit stumped but I can no doubt learn, but welded wire is beyond my strength limitations. Since I decided to farm at age 59 I have to be realistic about my abilities.
So my goal with baby calf is to give her a good, natural, healthy life so she can produce lots of healthy babies in her lifetime. My promise to her is comfort, good care, abundant time on green pastures, and gentle handling. Welcome to the world baby.