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    I'm sorry, I was in a hurry yesterday. Pictures of Lisa and Lesley (Mr. LC and LJ named them). First, there was the trip home. I bought a turkey from one person and the goats from another. They travelled well, but the looks I got...Hehehe! The girls when they first came home. Nancy goat says, "Was this necessary?"
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    Someone had two six month old Nubian does for sale. Disbudded and bottlefed. Hubby wanted both. Nancy met them today and she loves them. They are perfect.
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    I'll bet you appreciate it more than most people. Best trained cats I've had trained me to do their bidding.
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    Oh yes, I thought of that one, too. That is hilarious! I love the balls of yarn and the guy trying to get cat hair off.
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    Yeah, not something I would pay for. There was another video of two Eastern European women and their cats, but it was somehow sinister as well. I guess humans that want shortcuts will find a way to abuse. We all know true human animal partnership when we see it. Whether it's between dogs and families or a horse doing a performance where you can see how much they enjoy their job. No shortcuts, no gimmicks, bullhooks, or whips. That's worth paying to see.
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    Oh my! I was laughing so hard at this. It looks like they use treats rather than punishment. I'd rather pay for that, even if it isn't a perfect performance.
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    Ugh. One of the bad, little circuses is coming to town. One with elephants and tigers and a bad reputation for abuse. Oh goody. It's funny. People love cat pictures and seeing cats do silly things. Why couldn't someone be smart enough to treat train a small group of house cats and do a show? When not performing they could sleep on your bed. I think that would be worth seeing. You can treat train kitties. And if you're too sharp with them, they'll probably just ignore you, sit on the floor, and lick their butts.
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    I rescued a goat from an auction unintentionally back in college. I was there as a requirement for an Animal Science class. After the auction, a man was loading up one group of goats. The littlest one was very weak. I remembered seeing her lay down every few steps when they ran them through. Well, as soon as they ran the goats into his truck, he reached over, picked the little one up under her jaw, and chucked her right out onto the driveway, with everyone backing the trucks and trailers. If she was there too long, someone would run her over. She just laid there with her feet under her. I was leaving and saw the whole thing. When I stopped traffic to pick her up, the man that threw her told me to pay him $14!! What a POS! Anyway, I wrote him a check that I knew wouldn't go through (I was a college kid and didn't have any cash anyway). I worked for a large animal vet who helped me get her sorted out. Turned out to be a lovely Toggenburg baby. Stunted for life because of mistreatment, but she was awesome. Our prof teased me about taking the assignment of attending an auction too personally. Not sure if lightning will strike twice and I will find another goat buddy at an auction, but I will try.
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    I think I have a new pet peeve. It seems like so many large animal rescues are no longer rescuing. They are "sanctuaries". You can 'adopt' an animal and get a picture but they don't want to find homes for their animals. They don't want to bring in new rescues. What the heck? If I'm going to give money to a rescue, they need to be actively rescuing. Otherwise, why should I pay for someone else to have pets? Heck, a bunch of our animals have sad stories. If I had a fancy website, maybe someone would pay my farm costs, lol! Except, that would be dishonest, so not an option for us. I am disappointed in the rescues in my area. We were looking to get a rescue goat to keep Nancy goat company. She was doing great with her donkey pal, but baby donkey prefers the horses, now that she's all grown up. Poor Nancy goat is pouting. We might have to head to an auction to help a goat. All the auction yard goats go to slaughter here. I hope they will have a nice one sold as a single. They usually have groups all sold together. I have a quarantine spot and the deworming and vaccines. Plus, a good vet. I am disappointed in rescues in my area.
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    Lol! Dogs can be aggravating sometimes. I am surprised at your patience. I couldn't put up with a dog peeing on the couch. That would quickly become an outside dog.
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    John is back in school and loves his homeroom teacher. Good stuff.
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    The local TSC has baby chicks. We happened to put a few in the brooder the day before the fox got to the chickens. We have seven hens and the older rooster left in the coop and nine baby chicks in the brooder. Three chicks are for the neighbor's teens. They have been working to help me clean up the cow barn, so they picked out three chicks of their own for the little coop someone gave them. We paid them for the work, but they did such a good job that they earned chicks. You could call it a bonus, lol! They don't have a brooder, so we will get the chicks to coop age for them. Fiona, Krowka (pronounced Kroof-ka), and Ursa are back in the pasture. They look pretty happy to be home after all the time spent in the barn. It's supposed to rain today, so they have access to the newly cleaned cow barn. I worked on a bison ranch one summer. I did enjoy getting paid in meat, now and again. Especially because those big creatures were difficult to handle. It was like revenge. Elk is good, but I only eat it when we go back to Colorado. They have elk farms there so the steaks are tender. Had reindeer once in Sweden. I found Santa's sleigh engines tasty.
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    Thanks, RRW.
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    First day of school chaos. A fox got into the chickens and killed several of them. LJ feels terrible because he forgot to lock them up last night. We divide up the chores. Heck of a way to get started back at school. He lost his favorite rooster.
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    Lol! He was looking for a job? We have entered our most rainy, humid months down here. August and September are also when the hurricanes get more active. It has been hot and dry lately. The cow and calf in the stall are pretty miserable by late afternoon. So, since a little walking is okay, we took them out of the barn and tied them for a rinse. Fiona looked so happy that she half closed her eyes and sighed as water ran over her back. This was Ursa's first time tying up and she did great. Afterwards, we walked them to get some grass before back inside. Everyone else was turned out overnight to enjoy the pasture. They have to come in this morning. The stormy afternoon pattern is returning.
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    The cows are better today. Ursa needed some banamine. Her chest probably hurt, as well as her head. From now on, I'm going back to dehorning paste. You can put duct tape over it to keep mama cow from hurting her tongue by licking it off. By the time the duct tape falls off, it's all healed up. No more sedation. That was just too much drama.
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    Hi PD! Welcome back to the land of the internet. Bitsey has allergies that are giving her occasional heaves. She is coughing from our weird pollen and mold spores floating around. I'm sure her body never experienced that in Nevada! This is the time of year when horses get it down here. A little Dex to sooth her until it calms down. ;) Cow drama today. Fiona had her bandage removed, so she was sedated and then given the reversal. That went smoothly. She has a little irritation near her tail that I need to keep an eye on. Ursa scared us though. She was sedated for dehorning and had a bad reaction to the drugs. She stopped breathing. She would gasp infrequently and her heart was beating, but her gums looked bad. The vet smacked her chest for awhile and then went to draw up the reversal (not usually used in calves). LJ and I took over. It was after LJ did chest compressions that she started breathing regularly. He was elated. I really thought I was going to lose her. She's back in with mama and hornless. If she ever needs anything done again, I'll remind the vet that she had an issue.
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    Heidi, I hope you keep improving. Queen, enjoy your break! Have you ever worked with epoxy and wood together? My husband is a woodworking type guy (just a hobby) and he took a nice slab of wood, chiseled out a stream shaped gouge down the center of it, mixed up blue epoxy, poured it in the gouge, and then sanded it down. He's doing the finish now. It's an amazing looking table, but he also did some fun things with the epoxy using scrap wood. Here's a link to a professional "river table":
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    Heidi, are you feeling better? RRW, are you just ordering individual items, or using one of the school supply packages? I tried the package thing, but was a bit disappointed. Carbon sequestration, that's the term for grass fed cattle carbon emissions being mitigated by the growth of the grass they fertilize and the reduction of carbon due to trees in the area. Our cow burps don't hurt. Cows burp much more than fart. In fact, they rarely fart, on a proper diet. Another thing the media screws up on.
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    RRW, I hope you get to the farm. It always seems to cheer you up. :) Noponies, thanks, I'm glad I'm not boring anyone. Cows get picked on a lot in the media. You would think they have supernatural greenhouse effects. Actually, it's the concentrated feedlots that cause the real damage. A cow on grass is like 2-3 deer on grass. The concentrated feeds and additives fed in a feedlot cause cow rumens to function at an abnormal level giving off more carbon dioxide. It actually destroys the rumens, but it doesn't matter since they are getting slaughtered. If you pulled a steer out of a feedlot right before slaughter, you would need to feed him plain hay for quite a while to recondition his rumen. Even then, some don't make it. Not that it happens unless a truck overturns or something. In addition, the manure generated by the cattle and the cumulative effect of the feedlot causes much more dan]mage. No way for trees to scrub that amount of carbon dioxide put into the air. I think the trees surrounding our farm more than absorb and convert the carbon emissions from our animals. So, grass fed cows are better, lol! Here are some fun pictures I took yesterday. We turned the horse, pony, donkey, goat and cow out together. They made a weird herd. You can see them all in the first picture. The goat laid down to ruminate for the others. Everyone is in the barn today and will remain there until the pasture dries up a bit. Bitsey the Mustang, Rosie the donkey, Krowka the cow, Nancy the goat, and Maggie the pony.
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    Not sure if anyone is interested still, (this being a horse board; not a cow board) but Fiona is home and settled in her temporary stall. I set up shelter and brought the heifer into the paddock to keep her company. That's it. Our whole herd since we sold most of them. Anyway, pictures.
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    That is a great Christmas gift, unless someone is a vegetarian, lol! Why was someone selling turkeys for that much? We bought ours as babies from the feed store for $7.00. A few were free because they were a little poor. They all made, it with extra care. It does cost a bit to feed a turkey, compared to chickens, but that price for a breeding pair is steep.
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    We have a full freezer and we are buying a second freezer to pick up our other steer. Also, we have four turkeys to dress out next week. One has got to be 20 pounds! A wild hen that joined the flock will not be dressed out. She, one other hen, and one tom will make up the breeder flock.
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    Fiona has an insistent moo. Louder than any other cow I've ever had. She was quiet the first day at the hospital (feeling uncertain, I'm sure). But, when they took her food away for 24 hours, to prepare for surgery, she bellowed at them, lol! After surgery, her loud moo to get her calf back was pitiful because she was hoarse from intubation. They called me with an update and told me they are trying the two together. They couldn't stand it. I love my opinionated cow.