Hey Lady, how about a little love!

One of the perks of visiting the calf house is having tame calves that like to pester you for attention.  It doesn’t take long for the calves to train the “help” to scratch the itchy spots.

Calving is Heavy to Heifers

We are now almost a quarter of the way done with calving and the heifer count is higher than the bull count.  Always good to get replacement heifers, but folks need those bulls too!

Miss B and the Striped Kitty

This HCH ranch story is about a long time hay customer and her wilderness pet.   Miss B didn’t even know her latest pet was dining uninvited. She was exhausted after another long day of work, made even longer with…

Mooternity Ward

The mature cows, second calf cows, and first-calf heifers have been moved closer to the mooternity area. These girls will be on a diet of very good hay and watched closely. As they approach their due date, they will be moved…

A Life Payback

Part of ranch chores is choosing a day to bring in firewood, as mama likes her toes warm. The men are doing cow chores and I have finished the immediate inside tasks, so I head out to start the log…

Under Cover Feeder

We use a feeder that runs the length of the hay barn. Here are the specifics: Concrete bottom. Steel feed panels in front. Back support of 2”x 6” boards that can be removed. Railroad ties with steel brackets to hold…

Feeling Frisky and Fine

Breakfast is complete and the dishes are piled in the sink for later attention. I dress in coveralls, ball cap, and muck boots ready to attack the ranch world and the Holstein. The Holstein must be locked up twice daily…

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