New Year, New Calves

Hello again folks, and Happy New Year! Although, it’s just a new set of days with a date ending in a 2 instead of a 1, isn’t it? The new year never really holds much significance for me. I prefer to count in moments, not years, or else the comparison between other years and others’ […]

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Z for Zoonoses

Welcome to the final instalment of this A-to-Z Farm Dictionary Advent Calendar!

I had a few options for Z, but one won out, mainly thanks to its strange name and sometimes comical but also very serious meaning […]

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J for Jigsaw

Sometimes, a missing piece of the puzzle arrives in the form of a little black and white calf…The start of calving is always full of an equal mix of nervousness and excitement, slightly weighted towards the nervous end of the spectrum. But as we get into the swing of it, the nerves fade a bit, but you’re always waiting […]

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D for… Dropped in the Slacks

So, it’s day 4 and next on the list is ‘Dropped in the Slacks’… If this just sounds like gibberish to you, you’re not alone! I remember wondering where on earth the ‘slacks’ were on a cow and how they can be dropped. So, let’s decode it a bit. Dropped in the Slacks – Relaxation […]

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C is for… Colostrum

Day 3 of the Farm Dictionary Advent Calendar- we’re on a roll! Today’s deep dive is on colostrum (something I find really fascinating, so I hope you do too!). Colostrum – The first milk produced by mammals, full of antibodies (immunoglobulins) to help build the immune system of the newborn and protect it from bacteria […]

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B is for Bolus

It’s day 2 of this Farm Dictionary themed Advent Calendar, and I thought since it’s coming up to the time where we need to mineral bolus the cattle here, that would be a good topic for the letter B. Bolus – Object deposited down the throat of a cow or sheep which remains in its stomach […]

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2020 On The Farm

I’ve been part way through this post for a few weeks now, trying to work out how to wave goodbye to another year on the farm when that year was 2020…

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A GIRL, A GODDESS, AND A THUNDERSTORM

Close up of a golden calf curled up in the straw.

Today, I’ve got a story I’d like to tell you. It involves a girl, who longed to go outside and see the cows, a heifer, who wasn’t supposed to still be here, and the calf she was never meant to have…

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Calving 2020

While most of the world has stood still, the cows (and the humans) have been as busy as ever here. So, I thought it was time to give you a recap of this year’s calving season, complete with some calf spam to brighten your day!

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