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Friday, July 10th, 2015

July 10th, 2015

It has been a sad day here at the farm.  We got milking underway in good time with lots of help from volunteers, and were finishing up around 9:30.  Our last task was to milk Bonnie for colostrum for her newborn calf, but she was nowhere in sight.  I did a tour of the pastures, but didn’t find her, and then Stephen, Syd, and I did a more thorough tour.  Tragically, Stephen found her, dead, down in the weeds in goat land.   It was most likely toxemia – calcium deficiency – which occurs post-partum and can kill in a few hours.  We should have kept  her in a upper pasture where we could keep an eye on her, at the very least.  But that’s just hind-sight.  She was a sweet cow and I am sad to lose her.

And then the disposal had to be addressed.   In the old days farmers would drag the carcass out into the woods and let nature take its course.    There’s no place on our acreage where I want to do that, so it meant loading the remains into the truck and driving up to Person county to a landfill.  Its a long way, and I spent most of the afternoon doing it.

For dinner, the household went to Bandido’s for Noah’s going away party.  It was a good meal, and it was a good note to end the day on.  So, that was today on Woodcrest Farm.

 

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