Thursday, 8 May 2014

New ladies arrive.

Eight new young ladies have arrived.   They are all British Blue X Heifers and today is their first day out on grass since early October last year, when they were taken in with their mothers for the Winter.  They are just a year old and have been inside without their mothers for a few months, so this is their first taste of freedom.  And, by golly, aren't they making the most of it - they are flying round the field like mad things, so frisky that it is impossible to do anything with them at present.   When they have settled in and calmed down I will take a photograph of them to show you.

The pasture they are in is far too big for them - they will eat far too much grass; so when they have calmed down they will be electric-fenced into a small part of the field.   There is no point in doing this straight away as they would just clear the fence!

Sadly it looks as though Mrs Robin has deserted the nest in the watering can.  There is a thick cobweb over the hole and it has been there for a couple of days.   The farmer hasn-t been near enough to look in but that doesn't sound good, does it?

Winter woollies have gone back on here as the weather has turned cloudy and chilly - just when it was beginning to warm up.  No sign of the sun today.   Hope there is wherever you live.

16 comments:

Heather said...

I'd love to have seen those frisky ladies flying round the field! It's been horrid today - wet, cold and windy too. We have turned the heating on again. We've been out most of the day but home in time for the heating to come on at 4.30! It sounds more like autumn out there as the wind is almost roaring round the house. Sad about the robin. Perhaps she'll build another nest elsewhere.

Willow said...

British Blue heifers sound hearty !

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh yes, we have plenty of sun here. Supposed to be 86 degrees (F) today! Edward is not too sure how he feels about this, though he's grateful, as am I, that the humidity has yet to arrive. Apple loves all weather!

How I'd love to see those skipping cows!! Spring makes everyone happy.
xoxo

Jinksy said...

The rain has chased the sun away today, but what better excuse can there be for staying indoors and blogging? May the sun shine upon you tomorrow. ♥

Arija said...

I am always sorry for cattle who have to stay in barns in the winter. On the other hand, they do have a lot of exuberant fun when let out.
We are hand -rearing a calf whose mother died. Looks like we will again be having a house-cow.

Pat, thank you so much for the watercress soup recipe.

Dartford Warbler said...

It is hard to beat the joy of young animals let out onto spring grass!

One of our blackbird nests has been abandoned. They did build in a silly place, so maybe the magpies found them......

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Reminds me of when the newborn horses first go out with their moms. Kicking their heels up in joy.
I hope the robins make another family this spring.

Barbara said...

I hope the sun returns for you soon!
It's 85* here today. It could be a record temperature for early May. But, I said I wouldn't complain about being hot after being so horribly cold all winter...so, I won't.
I love watching the cows frolic in the early Spring!

Linda said...

Our weather is terribly cold here also. Still wearing winter stuff when working outside and the heater running in the morning.

I'll be so glad when warmth comes back. You ought to do Good Fences with us on Thursday...England has outstanding fences.


Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Cro Magnon said...

I love to see the cows let out after winter indoors. Happiness unleashed!

Hildred said...

I remember when I was a young city girl just new to the farm taking Betsy, the milk cow, out for a spring walk because I felt sympathy for her being cooped up in the barn in bad weather. We hadn't gone far when she stepped on my foot, so it was a short walk, but I'm sure she enjoyed it, and probably would have enjoyed it more without being on a leash.....

Gwil W said...

Are they mooing all night?

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

There is an awful lot of weather about this week! Frost, rain, humidity, sun. Difficult to know what to wear for the best.

Em Parkinson said...

The cows are back out on the moor here so their smell is with us too!

Pondside said...

.......and so the seasons are marked with comings and goings. I'd love to see the ladies!

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