The weanling heifers, called "the heffies" so as to distinguish them from the yearling heifers, are kept near the barn for several weeks. The corral fences are more secure than wire ones, thus preventing an unnecessary cow-calf re-weaning.
Besides, feeding and visiting the heffies regularly is great public relations. Friendly heffies generally grow up to be sweet-tempered cows.
Remember when Angel gave us cute little Gabriela this spring?
Gabby is now one of the biggest heffies, but she's still a cutie.
"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous...full of mercy and good deeds." ~James 3:17 TLB
Despite their relatively humble status, goats can boast royalty. Every goat has a herd queen who enjoys special privileges--first choice of feed and bedding spots, among others--and serves as leader and protector.
Most herd queens are the oldest and strongest. Jubilee, our herd queen, is neither, but she's assumed the throne by virtue of her intrepid temperament, regal demeanor, and expert hornsmanship.
Jubilee and her mama, Blueberry.
The royal expedition leader.
"He sat down and called them around him and said, 'Anyone wanting to be the greatest must be the least--the servant of all.'" ~Mark 9:35 TLB
Iced tea days are quickly giving way to hot tea ones. So when the sun broke through the clouds this afternoon, I cancelled my housework, pulled on a sweatshirt, and hurried to the barn to grab a halter.
Sugar seemed quite happy to take me for a leaves-are-still-crunchy-but-winter-is-just-around-the-corner ride.
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy." ~Robert Brault