New Solar Well

Our second solar well is up and running.  This well will supply water to our hogs, new cattle pasture, and what we hope will be our new sheep/alpaca pasture this coming spring.

I would like to thank DJ Pump Service for a fantastic job.

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Solar well

Not wanting to run power cables a mile out to the well and then pay power bills every month, we thought it best to go with solar power for the well.  We still have a few finishing touches left, but it is up, working and looking good.

Color changes

One thing we love about the Pineywoods are their different colors and patterns.  The amazing thing we have learned over the past 7 months is just how much their colors can change from when they are born.  Take a look at the two pics below, both are of the same calf – Susan.  Several cattle folk have told us that they do not register their cows with the PCRBA until they are at least 1 year old.  Now, we understand why.  Another calf has changed color, Baby Girl, but we do not have any before pics.  Perhaps the color change is only with black and brown colors, since that was the case with both Susan and Baby Girl.  Susan’s full name is Black-Eyed Susan because she had big black circles around her eyes when she was born.  Little did we know that the black would take over her whole body.  Regardless, she is a beautiful, fascinating animal.

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Two calves nursing off the same cow


The summer of 2014 was very interesting for us in regards to cattle.  For starters, we got to see our first two baby calves.  The other interesting thing is one of these calves, Sugar, was nursing off of two mamas.  The second mama is Emma Jean and her calf is Susan.  From early on, Sugar would nurse off Emma Jean who would let her nurse as long as she wanted without a problem.  We would see Sugar nurse off her mama, Kira, but not as often as she would Emma Jean. We were not sure what to do.  If Kira, a first time mom, is not producing enough milk, separating them would be bad for Sugar.  However, letting Sugar take Emma Jean’s milk is not good for Susan.  Not sure what to do, we decided to do nothing and just watch.  Neither calf tried to keep the other from nursing, they shared just fine.  Though Sugar was getting bigger than Susan, Susan was not looking thin.  The end result is two healthy calves that have a very close relationship.  They are never far apart from each other.

Sugar is a butterball of a calf.  Nursing off two mamas has made her into a very healthy calf.

Sugar is a butterball of a calf. Nursing off two mamas has made her into a very healthy calf.