Archive for March, 2011

Spring Grooming: Give Your Cow a Bath?

March 25th, 2011 by Kim

Rousseau has the “spring itchies” & loves a good scratch.

It’s definitely spring now, and the animals are starting to get rid of that heavy winter coat.  Most people are familiar with the concept of grooming their cat or dog, or a horse, but may not necessarily associate it with cows.  However, if you own just one or a few cows, you may want to consider grooming & bathing them to help that shedding process.  Let me tell you how & why I take the time for grooming with my girls.

I think Rousseau loves the FURminator even more than I do.

The Daily Routine

Through most of the year, I take at least a quick minute to brush each cow most days.  Our routine is that they come into the parlor for a “breakfast” snack each morning, whether or not they’re currently milking.  It makes the parlor a safe, familiar, comfortable place for them.  So while they’re there, it’s the perfect opportunity to give each one a “go over”.  Even if I just quick brush the loose dirt off, it’s a way to get my hands on and look over each cow to make sure nothing’s wrong.  That daily familiarity with your cow helps you to notice when something isn’t quite right, and it helps her to feel safe & comfortable with your handling of her. (more…)

Rain, Rain, Go Away…..Dealing With Mud

March 12th, 2011 by Kim

The pretty side of spring - calves & daffodils, but........

I hate mud!  March here in Clay Co. KY is generally a nice, dry month.  The rain stops, the sun comes out, winter’s mud dries up and there’s finally firm ground beneath our feet for a while.  The grass starts growing again and we can start planting early crops in the garden.  Then, in April the spring rains start & we get mud, round 2. 

....don't stand still tooo long, you may lose a boot!

But this year seems a bit different.  Here we are almost half way through March, with Winter & Spring still duking it out, one day the one winning & the next day the other, it’s raining & flooding and we’re in mud up to our gizzards…..and I HATE mud!

The steers come running through the mud for their breakfast.

But, I guess as long as we have winter & spring, we’ll have mud, too.  So we need to deal with it.  And one of the best ways to deal with mud is to try to prevent it from happening in the first place!  Unfortunately, we’re not doing too well with that here.  I know what we need to do, it’s just a matter of getting it done.  So, here are some ideas….and if you have any other good mud-busting strategies, please leave a comment & let us know about it. (more…)