Friday, December 12, 2008

Not good news....

Well everyone - I hate to tell you all that the baby calf didnt make it. He made it through the night, but this morning the Milk Man had to do away with him. His lungs were hurt and we are sure that his intestines were too. We didnt want him to suffer anymore and he seemed to be in pain. These are the things that make farming hard and yet these are the things that teach our kids valuable lessons about life and business. Life because things die and you cant always be the hero - spend hundreds of dollors on somthing and have it still die! Business because it is a financial loss also and the bull calves are what we use to rent out later as 'jumper bulls'.

I appreciate SO much all of your prayers for the little bugger - he was was a cutie. The fact that you were all thinking about us was touching. What a great bunch of friends I have here!!! I hate to loose a calf, especially when the mamma loves them so much. This one's mom, well - she was less than caring. But some mamma's seem to want you to help when there is somthing wrong. I have had calves born dead that the mother wont let you near them at all.. until days later at times - they are just that protective. I have had mothers kill thier babys or stomp them for trying to get up. So this is a never ending thing in our lives, so I have gotten used to it -but its still sad.

Anyway - hope you are all doing well. We woke up to -17 and it only warmed up to 3 above today - SO Mrs. M when are you coming up for a visit? I know how much you miss them thar bitter cold, snow filled, windy days!

9 comments:

COFFEE MAN said...

yes , i understand as well , having been raised on a small farm . its never easy but you have to do the hard things sometimes . it is a business.

you do all you can , and then sometimes it just has to be this way.

I beleive we need to have a calf naming contest . lil fella nees a name to be remembered by.

I suggest "DEE" u know

DeeCalf

Balou said...

Aww. I was hoping he'd pull through. Some wouldn't have even tried so kudos to you for giving it a chance.

Freth :0p said...

Since Milkman dispatched him ...

did he end up in the kelvinator?

Wasn't it Ben who said something about, "Waste not, ..."

Claire said...

Just came over for a visit from Cowboys, Kids and Sunsets - and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your writing - I live a block and a half from the ocean in SC - totally different life - but I appreciate your reality. And I haven't started Christmas shopping yet either so its nice to know I'm not alone.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sorry about the calf, sad, but life on a farm is sometimes sad. You can only give it a try and feel glad that you did what you could:)

Paige said...

Man that sucks, but that is farm life isnt it? We have all been there

I am still sorry

Karen Deborah said...

you did the right thing. Milk man would know if he wouldn't make it? So is it veal in the fridge now? Or just a total waste?

Jocelyn said...

awwwwwwwwww poor punkin. :(
But such is the farm life eh?
Mean ol Mamma Moo Cow. Did he do away with her too?

DeeCalf--- Hilarious Coffee Man

Karen Deborah said...

did you see that i tagged you and gave you an award? don't worry if your too busy for the meme but you deserve your award.