Sunday started off with another surprise, another fairly new calf! This one has white on it also and has a white heart shaped design on its forehead. The other heart headed calf has been named “Valentine” so Annmarie wants to call this one “Cupid”. We are fairly certain that those are the last two calves and as soon as we sort off the young heifers we will turn the bull loose back into the main herd. This will give us a calving date next year of March 2021.
After breakfast, I caught up on thee blog. I would like to spread them out a little more but its hard to write when you work until 2200 then shower and need to go to work the next day. I take notes for every day I work on the farm now so I don’t shortchange myself and take credit for the things I actually did. I then did the dishes, emptied the compost, emptied the dishwasher, started Roomba and finally ran out of excuses to go outside and build fence.
I grabbed a roll of new wire (my last one), an old 2×6 board, two charged batteries for the sawzall and two cow panels. I used the hitch on the pickup to pull the cow panels behind me out into the field. First thing I did was install the bird cross posts. I am unsure if the birds will use them but I climbed up the post and installed them. I made sure to crawl up first before I pounded all the T-posts into the ground and hammered in staples for a few hours. I needed maximum strength and my lackluster enthusiasm is not helping, I am so looking forward to going back to work this week, I need the rest.
I rolled out and stretched new woven wire. I installed a smooth wire over the top of the woven to hopefully keep the horses from crushing my woven wire at the top. I got the new side all clipped in and even installed a 26’ breakaway section near the ditch using cow panels. They are anchored at the top and then nailed along both sides from the back so that the water pressure can just pop out the staples and the panels will lift. I have a total of 42’ of breakaway frontage in this section of fence alone. My goal is to install at least 16’ in every cross fence. I opened the gate and called the sheep through, called Annmarie to verify the horses location and shut the gate. The sheep and horses are officially stuck in Prime field. I even hung the panel across the ditch and clipped it in place. The left side of the fence still needs clips and wooden stays installed. Once that is done then its onto the orchard pasture so we can get it fixed and sort the sheep. I was back in the house by 1600.
I showered and was upstairs in our closet and spotted a critter out on the ram pasture, it was a rock chuck! Our score, Steve 1: Annmarie 1, on dead rock chucks is even, not that I am counting mind you. So it was crucial that I get outside and make the kill. I jumped into my slippers, grabbed my 17 HR and ran out the back door making sure to not let the door make any noise on the way out. Unfortunately for me the sheep and horses are in the barn lot and I had to pick and choose my shot. I missed twice! Now in my defense I did not use a rest and my arms feel like rubber after all the hard work this weekend. They are living under one of my rockcribs down by the back creek and they will dig out underneath it and cause it to fall or lean over. Annmarie shot this photo below for posterity. The second coming of Sasquatch!