Friday, March 13, 2009

Views of the farm...and more LONG READ

Our girls from one herd (71 cows)

On to the next herd....
36 girls here

Awww too cute I love this next picture!
67 calves so far! Today we found a cow with a "tag" showing us that she has calved, however her bag is huge, teats haven't been sucked and no baby in sight....we looked but never found the baby. Its such a large area, and they often calve in the woods, and with all the limbs down from the Ice Storm we had last month it's much harder to find where the momma has laid her calf down at...
I'm really tired of problems with our animals.
When I went to feed today King was limping something terrible again....*sigh*....we cleaned hooves, and placed him in the dry, straw bedded, barn for the night. Josh comes tomorrow at 7:30 am to trim his hooves and take a look at him, then it will be off to the Vet. Luckily it looks like he can be trailered tomorrow. If not, we'll have to call Dr. Mike on out again. I'm so disappointed, for one I want my boy to be feeling good and happy, for two I wanted to try riding if he was up to it.
This week has been a rough one. When I get off my sleep pattern I take awhile to get back on track. I take some meds that make me sleep and when I don't, its still in my system, so a deviation from routine is really hard. Besides being emotionally drained makes it even harder. I've had a hard time getting up and going back to sleep at night the last 2 days.
The stud muffin (aka Douglas) wrote Carlie (the girl he likes) a note and gave it to her:
I really like you.
Do you like me? (her answer was YES)
Douglas...insert phone number
(Calie left:)
Calie...insert phone number
I'm surprised he didn't have a check yes and no box! ;-)
Norm went to lease 3 bulls today (Angus), they will be delivered May be added with the 3 we already have. I sure hope they are gentle.
I got some information and an order form for Chickens today. Now I have to decide on what to order! Now to decide what kinds to get.
Here is what they got:
NEW HAMPSHIRE'S - A profitable bird that is not quite so large. They lay for 12 months excellent livability during the growing and laying season; 245 eggs per hen per year.
RHODE ISLAND REDS- the preference for country-style eggs. Produces brown eggs (more profitable) 1 -being in most places, brown eggs bring a premium of tow to ten cents a dozen over white eggs. 2- the salvage of a heavy hen after she is through laying increases the total new profit per bird.
GOLDEN SEX-LINKS (COMETS)- Their best selling brown egg layers. Mature hens weight 5 1/2 lbs. 245-255 eggs per hen per year. Shell is a rich brown with excellent interior quality. Pullets hatch out a beautiful golden brown color but the cockerel chicks are a creamy white. They dress out clean with no dark pinfeathers to detract from the appearance of the dressed bird.
WHITE LEGHORNS- Fast maturing, early laying. Excellent producers over long periods of time. require less feeds per dozen than the larger breeds. Shells are strong smooth and white. interior quality is unsurpassed. 98% free from blood spots means that the eggs are solid with pride and confidence. Producing 254 eggs per hen per year.
BUFF ORPINGTONS- Big beautiful gentle birds are a long favorite..brown eggs.
GOLDEN LACED WYANDOTTES- Similar to the Silver Wyandottes except coloring. Golden bay laced with greenish-black.
BLACK SEX-LINKS- dual purpose farm flock type breed. Mostly black when hatched, pullets mature into excellent layers of large brown eggs. Black with some red color on neck and breast. Cockerels resemble Barred Rocks.
ARAUCANAS- rare breed known as the Easter Egg Chicken. Not a large bird but in much demand for beautiful eggs..they actually do lay tinted eggs in the most surprising colors! - hmmmm I'll have to get these for the fun!
BLACK AUSTRALORPS- beautiful shiny black bird with greenish tint. Hens mature at 5 - 6 months and weigh approx 6 - 8 pounds, makes a nice fryer.
CORNISH CROSS- rapid-growing and efficient broiler. may expect a few black flecks in their white plumage. Brown Eggs.
BARRED PLYMOUTH ROCKS- Average lay 250 eggs per hen per year. Weighing 6 1/2 pounds at maturity. Big brown eggs of superb quality, those who raise declare they make the most delicious Sunday dinners over any other breed.
WHITE PLYMOUTH ROCKS- fast maturing, heavy bodied pullets, top production of large, brown premium grade eggs, when laying season over enjoy quality meat at low cost.
You can tell spring is closing in!
The March Lilly's have begun to bloom!
Soon I'll have a carpet of yellow covering my wild flower garden back in the woods.

Well, that's all I can think about for now to write about...OHHH thought of something else..I'll save that for tomorrow, this is long enough already!


  1. Taken straight from my page. This is MY work. It's called plagerism. I recommend removing it from your page now. I will take further action. Jerry

    Cow Psychology

    by Cowboy Jerry (c) 1997 last update 12/17/03

    PPasture cows are jealous of cows that have been kept in the corral and fed for awhile, even if they have been sick. Be expecting the pasture cows to not give them a very good reception when you release them back to the pasture.

    Never feed cows using your dress-up "Sunday pickup". Cows don’t know any better than to bump into it and lick the road-grime off of it. They leave big cow licks all over it.

    Hoe handle across the head may be the best way to train cows to keep their nose out your business.

    If you see a new baby calf running as fast as he can go with his tail curled over his back and waving like a happy flag, then smile with him, he just had dinner.

    Cow’s tongues are as coarse as the most coarse grade of sandpaper; if you want to see or feel one just stick out you hand with molasses all over it, the cow will do the rest.

    Don’t ask a rancher how many cows he has; if he only has a few he don’t want you to know. If he has a lot, he won’t know how many and he don’t want you to know. He probably won’t ask you how much money you have in the bank.

    Only ask ranchers three questions; "How’s the cattle market, up or down?", "Have you got enough stock water?", "Have you got enough winter grazing or hay this year?"

    Cows don’t like anything done to them at any age, so if it involves pain do it while they are young.

    The lead cow is always watching to see if you are coming with feed.

    The lead cow keeps everyone informed of your whereabouts.

    The lead cow takes everyone to the best hay or grazing.

    If you sell the lead cow another cow will take her place and do exactly the same thing.

    The lead cow only loses credibility if she tells the herd you are coming with feed and it turns out you are not.

    Credibility doesn’t mean a lot to cows and forgiveness comes easily.

    Mother cows can forget where they left their babies, but if the cow is any good she keep looking and bellowing until the calf stands up and says "here I am mama".

    Cows will bed down their baby calves and leave them alone with the varmints and the elements until time for the next feeding; sometimes as long as six to eight hours.

    Cows tell baby calves to be still and not move until they return; not all calves listen. Mother cow will scold her calf when she returns, if the calf has moved.

    Cows know what coyotes are and how to deal with them; you can worry about them if you want to. Time is probably better spent worrying about stray dogs and hogs when it comes to baby calves.

    Lead cows like to make you think the whole herd is hungry.

    A baby hawk on the ground in the pasture can stir the deepest and most fearful emotions in a herd. The herd not understanding the beast in distress, will gather around and stomp and bellow the poor beast into the ground.

    Cattle work that involves a flow of blood should be saved until all other herd work is done. Cattle react very similar to elephants and get very upset and confused at the smell of blood from the injury of a fellow herd member.

    A cow whose calf has died may accept another calf as her own if the hide from the dead calf is tied to the new calf. It’s the smell of the original calf that makes her think it’s hers. After the adoption it will be hers.

    A first year heifer may not know what her newborn calf is and that she has responsibilities. If you keep her and the calf penned up for a few days they will get to know one another.

    Calves being weaned will bellow strongly for their mothers for about four days. If you listen it hurts real bad.

    Cows don’t have much to think about, so if you see one standing alone doing a lot of thinking, you may want to see if she is close to birthing time. Pregnant cows will stand in a little different way while their calves are getting into position to be born. This usually happens several days before birthing.

    Bulls have to determine which one of them is dominant. A fight between bulls that weigh about the same may last more than an hour and will not end until one hollers calf rope.

    Bulls get very possessive of their herd of cows and will walk the fence chasing any and all cows and calves away from it if other bulls are within cruising distance of the fence.

    If you hear an extreme blast of air from the bulls nose you and the cows will move away from the fence or else pay for the bruises.

    Bulls get the best feed by pushing everyone else out of the way.

    Bulls don’t mind if younger bulls follow them around and watch during training sessions.

    If you have to remove a dead cow from a pasture where other herd members are grazing; take the time to remove the main herd first and spare them the pain. Just like elephants, they know when you are removing a loved one and won’t take kindly to it. Your emotions may get involved too, when you hear the dramatic trumpeting of the death march to the burial ground.

    Keep the family dog away from the cows unless it is a cow dog there to work cows. Cows don't need to like your dog any more than they should like coyotes.

    Most cows need three to four days of "bonding time" with their new baby calves. During this time they learn to recognize each other and check to see if all systems are go.

    Calves born in a cow lot during cattle work get very confused. They look around and think they have a lot of mothers and have a tough time bonding. This is when you keep cow and calf in lot for a few days to ensure that bond.

    Calves have to have Mother's milk within three hours of birth or else will likely die . Most cows know this.

    Cows like to start their so-called walk to "look for a calf " about five to ten hours before calving. If you expect her to have a tough time calving you better get her in the lot right then.

    A cow will almost always turn back in the lane before her calf will, making it easy to trap her calf.

    Don't let cows smell your hands if you have been feeding cows in another pasture, they will know it and expect to be fed the same thing.

    Cows are like cats; they smell each other's breath to see what the other one has been eating.

    Cows don't burp very often, but if they do, what can you say about it.

    Don't walk through a herd of cows at night unless you can sing something they know.

    Cows will bellow and carry on in a squeeze chute even if it doesn't hurt ... it's the fear of what might happen that counts.

    Don't give the calf you plan to butcher a name ; it's like fattening, butchering, and eating a family member.

    Cows like their cattle pens to be painted in earth colors, such as brown metal primer.

    Cows, contrary to what one might think, don't mind the smell of Ben Gay on a cowboy, somehow they understand.

    Cows don't remember that you are the person that fed them all Winter if you are standing between them and their new born calf.

    Cows always look for their calves at the last place they left them when they can remember where that place is.

    Since Cows always look for their calves at the last place they saw them, then always carry off the calf to another pasture for weaning, never move the cow to a new pasture; she will just jump the fence and come home to get her calf.

    If you are looking for a baby calf just walk past the cow into the pasture like you know where her calf is. If you watch her face you can tell when you are going in the right direction. She will go with you and show you the calf.

    Talk to your cows a lot; they won't understand, but who else will love you for what you said to the cows.

    Be sure and chew something when you are standing in a group of cows and they will accept you better.

    Never worry about cows excusing themselves in their farm pond drinking water unless you are drawing house water from it also.

    Don't ever complain about the smell of cow piles, remember mother always said that's just the smell of money in the making.

    Cows are not offended if you wear the same old dirty clothes to the cow lot everyday. Cows learn real fast to recognize that you belong to them and you only come to see them about cow business.

    Always keep a good muffler on your cow feeding pickup. If you don't, the cows will watch everything you do. They can't concentrate on grazing if they think you are coming to feed them.

    If an ole cow has twins be sure to remind her of it. If you don't, she may only take one with her to the other side of the pasture. When you hear that lone twin bellow late at night, you're not going to get any sleep.

    When you move a bunch of cows across the road, be expecting at least one of them to leave a baby calf behind and want to come home looking for it after you have gone back to the house.

    Baby calves can only survive about two to three days with the mother cow on the other side of the road in a different pasture.

    Remember there are three kinds of cows. Cows that have baby calves and cows that don't; the third kind are always bull cows.

    If you are considering going into the cow business, be sure to build fences and buy feed first. You can then better judge by how much money you have left if you can afford more than one cow.

    Cows are always suspicious of your motives unless you are pouring out their favorite feed right where they want it to be.

    If you decide to touch a cow, be sure you do so at the front end or you may learn the real meaning of "kicker."

    Cows are not normally deep thinkers except when they are chewing their cuds.

    Cows always know which way the wind is blowing from and point to it with their rears.

    If you wear tennis shoes while working with cattle , every one of them will pick on you.

    Cows are slow thinkers and don't like to be rushed.

    Always wait till a cow has her head pointed into the squeeze chute before you use the hot shot.

    Wear your baseball cap when working cattle. Cows hate western hats and will knock it right off your head and stomp on it.

    Cows are not going to take you very seriously unless you are in their way.

    Cows will move smoothly around a curved corral and not get frustrated. If they can find a square corner, though, they will see if they can jump out.

    Don't ever let a cow think she is smarter than you are; next time she will be.

    Never run from cows in a pasture unless you don't know them and they don't know you. Cows hate cowards and will take advantage of them.

    Young calves will sometimes make "gorilla charges" when you have your back turned. Most of the time they will stop their charge when they see your face.

    Always unwrap your hay bales before you drive into the pasture where the cows are. If you don't, you and your feed pickup may suffer a few concussions work.

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  2. Yeppers, that's a real farm if I ever seen one. Poo on Mr. Annoymous! :)

    All those babies are so cute! I hope you're able to locate that missing baby. Once he's strong enough, he'll join his mama, right?
    What do you do with the babies after birth? Do you have to vax or worm them? Give them tags?
    Must be quite a job chasing around 60+ calves, trying to get them away from their mamas. lol!

    Umm..funny that you call those yellow flowers 'March Lilies'. We call them Daffodils. I've got a few planted and they are just showing now...which isn't so great because it snowed here today! lol!

    All those chickens sound great. I can vouch for the Ameracaunas (arcaunas). Ours lay green eggs. I'd love some blue ones though.

    We have a brown leghorn that lays white eggs, and what you said about the brown eggs being a preference and worth more money is so true.
    Several of my customers have asked why I slipped 'store-bought' eggs into the cartons...because they see the white eggs and just assume 'factory farmed eggs'! gah!

    Go with the brown egg layers for sure. I can vouch for the Rhode Island Reds. I have two and they are very reliable and have lovely eggs, too. They are also very friendly. :)

    By the way, I told my neighbor friend about Radish and after discussing the photos and videos of Radish she suspects he may have had 'Lavender Foal' Syndrome.

    If he did have it, you may be able to make his life even more meaningful than it already was, as Cornell University is doing research on tthis syndrome.

    Here are some links:

    Wiki-Lavender Foal

    Lavender Foal Photo

    Lavender Foal Facts

  3. Interesting that 'Cowboy Jerry' doesn't even include a link to HIS page. bah!

    He's bluffing!

    Jerry needs to get a life...and take care of his Ant Farm. :P


  4. Did some research: If this guy is truly Cowboy Jerry aka Jerry Davis, and he can prove itthen this is his website: Cowboy Jerry

    Either way, you really should include an Author's name along with that Cow Psychology post and a link if you can.


  5. I would like to sit down amongst all those daffodils and just take in the lovely scent!

  6. Looks like things are getting a little out of hand with 'Jerry' there Rae. Here's Jerry Davis Profile link
    Interesting guy. Two degrees, Taught computer, a silversmith etc very very talented. He resides at the Davis Elm Creek Ranch in Texas.Lisa is right. I would credit the stuff with Jerry's Davis name and link it back. Thing is if it is Jerry why would a highly educated intelligent person and well published author resort to trolling on a blog? Also you can set your comments to not allow anonymous ones. That will save you having problems in the future. So if it's from Texas...possibly but somehow I just don't see it.

    So if you have a fake 1000 acre farm then my twelve acres must be a microscopic plastic animal farm. I'm going back to play with my plastic chickens now. Two are trying to sleep outside of my toy house here.LOL

    Great photos by the way. Angus cattle hate to say this I don't have much time for - not on the temperament side anyway otherwise they taste nice as steaks that is...

    On the chickens _ I'm bias you need some Maggie look-alikes to keep Pepper company.LOL

    Take care
    Love and heaps of hugs

  7. I think there's laws against identity theft and claiming to be the author of someones else's work. I am of course referring to the very first comment made. My question is if the person concerned was who they claim to be then why didn't they recognise their *own* work to begin with then claim later on that it is theirs? Don't want to be them when the real author finds out someone is impersonating them.
    Such is the nature of the troll...

  8. Wow! All this has left me speechless. Glad your really rough time is over - hope you can now get back to normal (when you have sorted this lot out.)

  9. Plagiarism is the correct spelling.
    Isp info -Visitor tracking:
    Louisville, Kentucky arrived on "Welcome To Wilmoth Farms".
    >> 23:22:00 -- 4 hours 26 mins ago
    >> Current time: 03:48:33 EST
    No Texas visitors at time of this comment....but I already knew that and where this comment came from. besides, I have emailed Mr. Davis....I'll post his response as soon as its recieved..and impersonating someone holds higher punishment than infringing on copywrites. Of course if Jerry Davis emails me and says no I cant use it, and that this is him, then of course I will delete it! Duh! But I mentioned all this in my email anyway...
    I'm thinking that someone, who doesnt like me , has too much time on their hands if they are going to keep leaving me ann. comments (and Im referring to other comments that (IP main feed from Lou ky that feeds into another small town) Ann. has left in the past..) I'm amused at how my personal life interests them so much that they come to read my blog often. I'm not entertaining them any longer with allowing their comments or commenting all you want....I am in a good place in my life, and that is something that I am proud of. And I dont care who knows, hence the blog...and yes Liz..if this was the real Jerry they wouldnt have asked where I got this from, then say that they wanted to get a few hens off the nest...and now come back to claim the work as theirs....Since I can and will get their ISP from my provider I will send that information to Mr. Davis and let him do with what he wants. This person has really resorted to a lower level of maturity, which I too find amusing. Again...not giving this crap any attention for another second.. ( wow, how Christian like they are as well huh?)cause for some reason they think I care about this kind of stuff and think that this will ruffle my feathers, nah....its senseless and I'll just delete further comments and go on in my happy life!!! oh and if you think your going to make me look bad to all my friends and family by these and other comments you have left?? Nope..everyone here knows about me, my past, present and your barking up the wrong tree. So read on! And enjoy reading about my happy life! I will pray for you.

  10. Rae, I am So sorry this has escalated. Glad you reset your blog!
    I am astonished with the depth of immaturity that this person exampled and I do hope the REAL Author contacts them!
    Let it all go...wish King was healed so you could do what we did..and soon you will, get on your horse and "Leave it all behind!".

    Will call you today~

  11. Hi Amy...I'm going to get pictures of the dafodills (March Lillys) when they are all in bloom, its so pretty!
    Hi Liz...we talked through email already...Love you girl!
    Hi Kac....Agreed, I hope King will get his hoof problems fixed soon! In the meantime I got Jack to work with...but would rather work with king too and get his muscles exercised and then take those rides I'm missing


Thanks for visiting the farm! We love comments and hope to hear from you! ~ Rachel, Norm, Kiddos, and all our furry friends!