They must be well trained to the fencing, lot would just lean over it !
True, the fencing is pretty fragile. I think maybe they don't bother because the fencing is to keep them out! Where they are is the mountains and forests -Miles and miles of them. On "our" side there are shacks and dogs. The fencing is traditional. The rods are extremely hard. They are harvested in the bogs where the trees grow very slowly. These thin trees can be between 70 and a hundred years old gärdsgård
I am sure we have all been equally excited when we got our first cows. My neighbour and I drove down to the village on the 13 November 2013 to bring home the two pregnant heifers, Hulda and Thora. My neighbour Ivan was the cow farmer in the village. At that time he had 29 cows so I lean heavily on him for help and advice.
We stopped on the way home to check that they were comfortable and I took a photo of this fence.
Ivan's cows are kept indoors throughout the winter but Hulda and Thora were to be out during the day and indoors at night. My barn is 150 years old and very well built. It is built into a slope so the cows - although they go in at floor level, are actually living on the first floor. There is a hole with a trapdoor in the floor and the manure is swept through into the "cellar" In our clamate very few farmers grow grain. If they do, they want the straw themselves. So straw is expensive - more than hay. But sawdust is there for the taking so we bed with sawdust and clean out the soild areas daily. my two cows soon got used to their new home.
I have been enjoying your pictures and descriptions so much. I like the fences made of the long poles. I very much like the idea of a barn where the manure could be swept through a hole in the floor. I've read of such barns, but always wondered if the manure pile would get too hot down in the barn cellar.
"And God said, "See, I have given you every green herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food ... Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good." Genesis 1:29, 31a
"Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: "...Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given them to you, even as the green herbs." Genesis 9:1,3
Though this is a few months old I just had to reply! Not only do I love your set up but fjalls are my dream breed. 😍 though unfortunately I fear it impossible to find any where I live. So I'll just settle on keeping track of your lovely girls! Has there been anymore happenings since your last update? 😊
Oh, lots and lots is happening - but my camera needs replacing so I haven´t been taking so many photos. Here is a picture of most of the flock in May. The two heifers in the background were born in January and April. We have purchased two more pregnant heifers in February. I say we because an entrepreneur from Stokholm paid for them . He has a summer house in the village and is interested in our work with the breed. The deal is I get the milk and any heifers that are born and he gets the meat. Of course they both have had bull calves !!!
On the first of June we walked the cows up to the fäbod in the forests. This small wooden chalets are dotted all over the forests and mountains. A hundred years ago there was so much life in these hamlets during the summer months. The women and children lived there, taking care of the animals and making cheese and butter, gathering berries for the harsh winter months. Now most of these small summer villages are abandoned and the pastures disappeared into the forests.
Ah, so beautiful. Beautiful scenery and beautiful cows. That cow with her calf in the first picture is especially to die for😍. Such a shame many places have been abandoned though. I do so hope you fix your camera soon! 💕
If those huts are done up, could you advertise for wwoofers ?
Belle (jersey cow) Little Moo (dexter steer), Jack (lowline steer), Flora (lowline cow), Jaffa (dexter x red angus cow), Sorcha (jersey x highland heifer), Annie (hojo cow), Oxboy (jersey steer), Beanie (jersey x angus heifer), Ernie, James, Curly & Jazz (calves). 8 sheep (dorper and awassi x white dorper), 3 cats (Sarge, Shadow & Suzie (Shredder)), Finn & Poppy the Amazing Maremmas, 17 chooks.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
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alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
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mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
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steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
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highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
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guernseygirl: Can someone let me know if my pictures are showing up in the Auction Barn post? There should be 5 photos
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wyatt: I treat cow s like people when doctoring.
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ashlyn911: This is Fern! She’s an almost two year old heifer (Jersey/Brown Swiss). Her due date is Sunday.
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hjp: Any tips on how to add a photo to a post?
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correll17: We just purchased a dexter cox that is bred, due in April. We brought her home and was walking the fence, head butting the fence, so we got another dexter, now she is constantly headbutting her. Any ideas?
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turtlebendfarm: Hi Folks, Not sure if this is the right place to post! SO glad to have found this forum! I am wondering what you all use for bedding. I have been using straw but it is sooo expensive!!
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karebear41486: Hello! I’m in the market for a new (to me) vacuum pump that will stand the test of time better than my current 3 CFM pump from Vevor and will allow me to potentially milk two cows at a time with Delaval style bucket milkers. I’m currently using a surge bel
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