The Pacific Northwest is still very much in the midst of winter. As I write this, I am watching our two oldest cows, Tulip and Saturday, cuddled up in the calving barn. They really have my husband wrapped around their hoof! They come up to the barn every night begging to be let in. They shuffle as slow as possible, swish their tails and make little grunting noises to demonstrate how miserable the calf inside is making them. It works. I must say their due dates are quite near and my heart does not mind letting the two old girls have a clean and dry place to lay out of the weather. They are great mothers who raise some of the biggest calves, so a little pampering for a few days is not going to make them soft.
We were finally able to bring Ester home today from being flushed. She produced over 17 embryos for us! Her Journey bull calf, G, did really well on the vet's feed and will be weaned in about 10 days. We will be able to fence line wean them, which is our preference. At any rate, we are now putting together a plan to find another group of recipient cows since we ended up with double of what we were hoping for on the embryo count.
Yesterday we went to Rancher's Choice Bull Sale. Our main goal was to see the relatives of our D-8 Cap, MBT tag 609, being sold. His five brothers are some very thick and stocky bulls. They all had great legs and feet. His uncle, sired by Connealy Irish, was also selling. He was an impressive bull, too. Cap is definitely backed by some exceptional breeding.
The above picture is of Cisco. I know it is a bit odd to have a picture like this, but Cisco's rear is super impressive! Sunday's milk is really packing the pounds on him and we are super excited to watch him develop this year.
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