A Dispatch from the West
ince we didn’t pay attention to superstitions last Friday, Hangdog took the day off to work on the hay. Biggggg mistake, maybe. First off, he bent the hay loader…trying to get too close to the fence…if I pulled a stunt like that, I would still be hearing about it Phew! When the dew was dried down and the Brix was up, he proceeded to start mowing a new field. Pretty soon, he lost a roller chain, fixed that, went another round and the chain came off again along with losing the key from the shaft. Of course, this stuff happens in the late afternoon when you just have enough time to chase parts and get back and fix everything! So off to town for roller chain and keystock and the mower would be as good as new. When it rains, it pours though, and as soon as the mower was fixed, the driveline broke. This left us all a little disgruntled, now the hay would have to wait until more repairs could be made after the weekend. A neighbor offered his mower, and we declined. Which is where the silver lined cloud came in, it rained the next day. So luck, good or bad was really with us. If the mower had held together, or if we borrowed the neighbor’s mower all our hay would have been rained on. As it stands right now, we are still waiting for sun and parts – the hay will have to wait.
On the Jane front, she is getting better and putting on a little weight. She is not going to be an easy keeper though. I have violated my rule of not allowing the second bite and put her in a field where we have recently cut hay. So currently Jane is free ranging on two acres with new, succulent grass, good hedgerow browse, shade and some taller grasses around the edge.
Her udder rot is getting better, and doesn’t give her any pain so she tolerates salves, clay packing, and fly repellent. Poor Jane, she is not going to be the resilient cow I had envisioned. But on the bright side, she milks like a dream, if she could put the milk in the bucket for you, she would. Now that we have 7 weeks of milking under our belts, I can see her udder ligaments are in good shape, which bodes well for her future as a milk cow. She’s had two good heats, which rests my mind a little about her thin condition.
My hope is that if I hadn’t had the bad luck with the molasses, she might have held her weight better. She really used up her fat reserves on her back and short ribs. I would score her between 2.0 and 2.5 on this BCS chart.