The 2019 Calving Season is officially underway here on the farm. As I discussed in a previous post, I will be doing a series called "Observations from THE PASTURE", throughout the calving season. Simply put, I will be documenting (with text and pictures) the adventures of the past week on the farm in terms of calving and related activities. Without further ado, I … [Read more...] about Observations from THE PASTURE: Week 1 – 2019 Calving Season
This post is bittersweet for me to write. The afternoon that I originally planned on writing this post I ended up in the pasture, joyfully watching through binoculars one of our last cows give birth....that joyful moment quickly turned into a heartbreaking time for me as I held this beautiful stillborn calf's head in my lap. Sigh. This was our first loss during calving. … [Read more...] about Hello, World! Baby Calf Being Born.
We are nearing the end of May and calving has been in full swing for close to a month. Our first calf hit the ground on April 21st and we have had 11 more calves since - all strong and healthy. Of our 12 calves, we had to pull one 90lb bull calf, and then, provide literally a slight tug of the legs, with our hands, on a heifer calf. The calf likely would have … [Read more...] about 2015 Calving Update
Across the country, cattle farmers and ranchers are hard at work. For some, they are wrapping up a long calving season and sighing a breath of relief as the warm, dry weather settles in. For others, like here in Northern Maine, winter is holding on until the bitter end (literally) and calving has either just begun or not even started yet. Here on the Wood Farm, our first … [Read more...] about Gearing up for another Calving Season
Finally. Our very first calving season is officially over. The majority of our calves were born in May but we had two late-calvers: one on June 13th and the last calf born on July 9th. For the last few weeks I have been trying to get an updated photo of each calf but they are quick, sneaky and camera shy little buggers. Without further ado, we introduce the Wood Farm 2014 … [Read more...] about Introducing the Wood Farm 2014 Calf Lineup!