Late on Friday afternoon and in a freezing southerly breeze, Grace decided it was time to calve. We had been to Launceston to pick up something and she did not look that close when we left, so we were quite surprised to see a bundle next to her when we got home. The calf was cold, so we towelled it dry and moved it to the other side of our trees to a more sheltered spot. She was AI'd to Bircham Ballantyne and I was so hoping for a bull, but no we got a polled black heifer instead. I must say all of the calves by this bull have been impressive from day one and this one is no exception, and they have all been heifers. I am thinking she will be named Kara-melle or Karamello, not sure yet. Pictures when it stops raining, who knows when that might be as it is forecast wet all week.
I don't think I have ever had four quieter, nice natured little boys as Jag, Jackpot, Japser and Jamiesons Run. I have spent the last week tying them up and halter training, and had them leading on just their second go. They will come up and sniff my hand in the paddock, do not mind a scratch and let me know when it is tea time.
I have managed this on my own as Mark has returned to work part time, so it has been a most rewarding week.
Two of the KP girls have calved in the last couple of days. Classic Crystal has given us a black polled bull calf by Blueprint. Esprit has calved today a red polled heifer also by Blueprint, she looks pretty sweet and is trotting along next to her dam.
Grace was AI'd to Bircham Ballantyne and is very close to calving due tomorrow. Heavenly Treasure was AI'd to Baunatal Kenny O'Shea and is due next week, the calf will be the last created by Damien Brewer who passed away late last year. I have a name for a bull, so fingers crossed that is what she has.
I am looking forward to using this Blog to keep everyone up to date with the happenings at our farm.