I found the camera cord! 🙂
This is August. August is our first calf! She was born August 1 — the first day we took over the farm and is officially ours. It is totally fitting because August’s mother is Mae. This is Mae:
Mae was born one weekend while we were visiting the farm shortly after we were married — before either Connor or Laura there was Mae. I saw Mae born and she was the first cow I ever named. She is named both for the month she was born in (her birthday is May 9th and I have it marked in my planner just the same as any other important “person” in my life) — and this adorable little girl I used to babysit. I feel in love with Mae and can still pick her out of all the cows in the barn. Mae already has one daughter, born in July, who I named Summer. Summer was the first cow to come greet us when we moved our stuff to the farm about two months ago. Connor was playing in the yard and just keep screaming — “Cow Mommy Cow; Cow Mommy Cow!!” Summer was stretching the fence to its very limit trying to see what was going on and I can’t help but think she knew we were here.
When we were first talking about, but had not yet decided, to take over the farm Mark’s parents started selling off some of the cows, it was just too much work for them to keep up with and I was heartbroken at the thought of Mae not being at the farm when we would come to visit — so, unbeknownst to me, and against some advice — Mark purchased Mae (and Summer) from his parents — they were my birthday present last March and I was so very happy to know they would be here.
So it is amazingly fitting that August would be born to Mae on the first day we were the official owners of the farm. I already love August and the little heart on her head is just perfect!
August did have a bit of a rough start — when she was born she had a case of scours. I don’t really know what that is, but I know what the symptom is — runny poop. For any of my mom friends — think baby diarrhea (complete with the same smell) and now imagine that your baby weighs 70 lbs. Yes — lots of runny smelly poop. Apparently a calf can die from scours because of dehydration and they can’t have too much water because their system can’t handle that just the way a newborn baby would be…but there is an organic recipe to cure scours.
3 egg whites
1 Tbl Yeast
3 Tbl Powdered Sugar
Mix with water as determined by the calf’s age (for August about a 1/2 bottle)
Feed for three consecutive feedings
Let me tell you friends that recipe is amazing — and not that any of you are going to buy a newborn calf, but just in case I thought you might like to know — and I was thinking about it and I don’t even suppose that mixture would taste that bad (if any of you are thinking back to the dog biscuit episode when we got Cider — No, I didn’t try it…maybe next time :-))
We’re still slowly but surely working on the house and also on fixing up the farm — Mark bought a silo unloader and brought that back in pieces yesterday
I can’t lie — I have no idea what a silo unloader is or what it is used for (other than unloading silos) but we are now the proud owners of one. The raspberries are in bloom and the hens should be laying eggs in about two weeks. Hopefully by then we’ll have a few more boxes unpacked. Happy Assumption and Love to all!