Fortunately for our tired bodies (but, unfortunately, for the future of our herd), nearly all of the new calves have been bulls. In fact, we only have 3 calves in the calf barn right now. This makes baby calf chores easy, but we'd love to have it full.
Not only does the day to day cow work keep us busy, but we've also been finishing the odds and ends on the barn. We put the last stalls in last weekend, Warren & Brent got our new fancy "counterweight" gates installed (pictures to come), and we are finishing putting a rock border around the outside. Meanwhile, Warren has been busy harvesting. The soybeans are done, and there are less than 200 acres of corn left to do.
However, we also had a special visitor this week. We had what is called "Classification" at our farm on Monday morning. This means that we pay an experienced person from the Holstein Association to come out to our farm and evaluate our cows. They have a set of criteria for the "ideal" cow, and our cows are given a score based on how closely they meet the ideal criteria. So, we spent a little extra time over the weekend cleaning the cows up a little bit, and milking at different times so that they cows would be full of milk when our visitor arrived. It is a good way for us to get a different perspective on our herd - what things we need to improve upon, and helps us make decisions on what bulls to breed our cows to to make these improvements.
Afterwards, I caught a plane to Omaha for a swine conference. I've just gotten back and caught up, while Warren & Gail left this morning for San Diego for a dairy conference.....It just never ends!
Here's praying we get some heifer calves this weekend!