I received this comment from Eric about his Dexter herd in South Africa. I thought the comment was very interesting. I have been breeding Dexters on the harsh South African Highveld for over 33 years. I run a small herd, split into reds, blacks and commercial of about 250 females. They are remarkable animals. I … Read more Dexter Cattle In South Africa
Calving of our beef cattle herd normally occurs during February and March, however in 2006 we introduced a new bull who was quite young. It took some time for our cows to get in calf and the result has been calves being born throughout the year. Our reliable Charolais bull had to be replaced as … Read more Calf Born
Locks Park Farm is a small organic farm in Devon, with sheep and beef cattle. Paula farms Locks Park Farm with her family and also writes very interesting, informative and entertaining posts all about life on her farm which I thoroughly enjoy reading. I am thrilled that Paula decided to appear on my guest appearance spot. Read this fascinating account of … Read more Guest Appearance – Cow Watching By Paula
On Wednesday the cattle that have spent the Summer at the Ings were moved back to our farm. The day was spent moving the cattle in the livestock trailer into our back field. The grass has grown in the back field since the calves from last season were brought in for the Winter so the … Read more Cattle News
The photo hunt smelly theme is easy for a farmer’s wife. Here is the cattle manure in the fold yard. I can tell you when it comes to mucking out, it’s a very smelly job! Click on this link if you want to find out about mucking out. If you would like to join Photo Hunters … Read more Photo Hunt: Theme Smelly
At teatime on Tuesday, a charolais calf was born. It is a very large calf as the cow has been out to grass this Summer and this has increased the size of the calf. The calf is very large and is struggling to stand and therefore feed. Usually a healthy calf will stand fairly quickly … Read more Charolais Calf Born But Struggling To Stand And Feed
In September bluetongue was detected in British livestock. The signs of bluetongue in cattle are; Nasal discharge. Swelling of the head and neck. Conjunctivitis (runny eyes). Swelling in, and ulcers, of the mouth. Swollen teats. Tiredness. Saliva drooling out of the mouth. Fever. It is possible that cattle will show no signs of illness. Source: … Read more Signs Of Bluetongue In Cattle
In September bluetongue was detected in British livestock but what is blue tongue? “Bluetongue is a disease of animals affecting all ruminants, including sheep, cattle, deer, goats and camelids (camels, llamas, alpacas, guanaco and vicuña). It does not affect horses. Although sheep are most severely affected, cattle are the main mammalian reservoir of the virus…… … Read more What Is Bluetongue?
Here is one of our Charolais cows with her calf, click on the picture to jumble up the jigsaw puzzle. How long did it take you to solve the jigsaw puzzle? It took me 4 minutes and 9 seconds!
Earlier in September, the calves that were born last year, moved back indoors into the fold yard for the Winter. The reason for this is because the grass in the paddock and back field had all been eaten and the weather was beginning to turn colder and wetter. Bringing the cattle into the … Read more Cattle Move Indoors