Winter is officially here. Snow and single digit temperatures, even negative temperatures, have all arrived! The cows are home now and it is that time of year when we work for them rather than them working for us. Udders are filling and tails are swishing.
The assembled groups of young cows, older cows, weanlings and bulls have all sorted out their respective bosses. For some reason the mixed breed cows seem to have the most drive to establish a pecking order while the Angus just want to chill out and keep calm. There is one exception.
One new cow, MJ, decided she was going to pick fights for seven days running. This was surprising since when she integrated into the all Angus herd she was completely calm with zero sparring. When the BWFs arrived, she was relentless in her quest to be top cow. Then I remembered she is an ET calf. Perhaps her mother's herd was BWF. Despite all her tries, MJ ended up being middle of the pack. Our BWF and recipient cows are just too big and seasoned for the scrappy four year old to overcome. Thankfully she was in great shape and seems no worse for the wear.
Stay tuned for news about calves and the MBT bulls. Their second weigh date was a few weeks ago and the results will be posted soon. Steve sent us a picture of the bull who ended up being sick right as the test kicked off and said he turned things around.