Where do I even begin. Our cow Tilly is no longer with us. We had to bring her to the sale barn for slaughter as she wasn't well enough to be a milk cow for our homestead or for that matter any farm or homestead. Bringing in our vet who took some blood, the results of the test he took on her we found out that she had Johne's Disease. Hearing that was a very disappointing blow to us, we were getting very attached to her already and had even gotten a new calf from a neighboring dairy farm because our other calf was actually purchased for some friends. The calf is with our friends who have a dairy cow that took our calf until she can be weaned.
So, we had to do some cleaning up in the corral area and pastures where Tilly had been before we could even think about bringing another milk cow onto our farm. We cannot pasture any new milk cow where Tilly pastured for at least a year. Our beef cow is okay and will be fine. After we got everything all ready which was not an easy task, we were ready for a new milk cow, and I'm happy to say we found one and her name is Lazer, she's a registered Jersey and is a first-time heifer and will freshen in about 12 days. We are so excited to have a birth on our farm other than the kittens that were born a few weeks back.
We also got pigs again this year, but we got them a bit later than we did last year. These guys are quite small, but we plan to fatten them up pretty good.
Our two barn cats had a total of nine kittens. I just had to show you two of my favorite ones. The top one is a male and is by far the biggest of all the kittens, our grandsons named him Tom. The second one is such a pretty girl, but my photos just don't do either of the kitten's justice.
Seeing the volunteer sunflowers growing in amongst the oats was such a pretty sight and having new life on the homestead makes up for everything.