Bonnie, meet George.
Jody, meet George.
Babe, meet George... and then PLEASE go have your own calf.
Since I recently mentioned here that we do NOT need another calf, I'm sure some folks wonder why we went and bought, not one, but two.
Well, first of all, they are cheaper than they were two years ago. This drought has cause a hay shortage, and people are selling cows, not buying. That has driven prices down. I love baby animals, and I love cows. And we have enough hay for this winter.
What will we do with them if we don't have enough pasture next year?
No matter what happens, George will either be sold or eaten. We'll turn him into a steer today.
And Gracie? I certainly don't intend to start a dairy, and I only milk Bonnie twice a week, so why would I buy more milk cows?
Sometimes bad, unexpected things happen to cows. Hardware disease, lameness caused by injury, mastitis, milk fever. I am always more comfortable when I have a replacement in the wings.
I'm hoping we've seen the end of the drought. There is still the chance of Jodie having a Jersey heifer calf, so that would be another one "waiting in the wings".
If it gets to the point that I have to sell a cow, that's what I'll do.
What it boils down to is this: I love Jersey cows, and I will do what I can to see that I have one around for as much of my life as possible.
By the way, this morning I noticed Jodie still has a little problem with the limp but it is much better. As long as she doesn't get any worse, she ought to be fine to carry her calf until February when it's due. Hopefully she will get over her problem completely. We'll take things as they come.