Here’s Princess Stella having a pedicure. Too bad we didn’t get the lifting process on video. The metal stall part starts out upright. She walks into it and gets lifted and turned with heavy duty slings.
The giant “bolt cutters” take off the bulk of overgrown hoof, then she gets her nails filed with a hand-held grinder. She wasn’t too thrilled with the process, but she looks great now. There aren’t too many people willing to come work on just one cow, so finding such a skilled and friendly trimmer was a huge relief. Email us at the info link or post a comment if you want his contact info for cow trimming in Whatcom County.
Beets! These are Early Wonder Tall Top, a new variety for us this year. The greens are just ok for eating, but the beets themselves are really tasty, and even better pickled. I still blanched & froze the greens anyway, since come winter we’ll be happy for any “free” veggies we can get. We’ve been harvesting chard, kohlrabi, the last of the lettuce, carrots, cukes (8 quarts of dill pickles so far), a few Stupice tomatoes, Anaheim & Islander peppers, and of course lots of potatoes. The Reddales are about ready to dig up completely, and the Island Sunshine & Ozette fingerlings are not far behind. The garlic is harvested and drying, green beans are getting a late start but starting to shape up, and the corn looks very happy so far.
Got the trim on the back corners of the run-in installed. Now Gemini & Ryder have a lpace to get out of rain & wind and still have lots of fresh air. We’ll keep fancying it up later this year though.
Stella and Doug, posing for the camera. The vet didn’t think she’s pregnant, but we think she is. With Dexters, sometimes the fetus is too small to feel so early, so there is a margin for error on his diagnosis. We could do a blood test to be sure, but we’ll just wait & see. She’s weaning Doug right now, and will all we have going on this summer, I decided to stop milking. There just isn’t time to do twice a day milking, and I also don’t want to deal with the bellowing that will commence once they are separated. We got 5 good months of milking, and later I’ll post a grand total of how many gallons we got over how many days. I’m still pondering how I want to milk next time. I’d like to milk longer, but the convenience of letting the calf do most of the work is very tempting. We are back to buying milk. It’s raw, local Jersey milk from Jackie’s Jerseys. Tasty, but nowhere near as rich as Stella’s.