JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise

I am fifty something and I love my family and the life I live. I'm an optimistic person by nature and I try to find a positive for every negative. I'm not a vegetarian, but the animal I eat is. I enjoy cooking, photography and scrapbooking. Since living here I have become a gardener and take immense joy in the beauty of my garden. My husband and I feel that we are the caretakers of the land rather than land owners. We run a grass fed Droughtmaster Stud on our little piece of Paradise and the cattle are a never ending supply of photo opportunities.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Weaning

It's that time of the year again when we begin to wean our calves from their (hopefully) pregnant mothers.  We are going to do two weanings in the next couple of months.  The first mob are the cows that we have decided to cull because of age, colour or conformation.  The calves are being weaned a little earlier because the prices that the meat works are offering for cows are at record highs.  We definitely made the right decision because the fourteen cows that we sold brought twice as much money as they did last year.  Thank goodness for small mercies!
The weaners that we have in the yards are extremely quiet.  Their mums were trucked out the day after the calves were weaned so we didn't have the usual racket of the cows calling to the calves and vice a versa.  This can cause many a sleepless night.
I took these photos yesterday and it shows how incredibly quiet they really are. They never moved a muscle while I took these photos.



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