We are expecting an ice storm this afternoon/ early evening. Not something I look forward to working in. But there is so much to get done. We weren't expecting to get cows this soon. We knew that one day, like before Feb. 2009, that we would get cows, but not to have all this fall into our laps so soon. The barn is full of motorcycles, and engines as well as a little of this and that stuff for our future house, if we can ever get that thing built. We went and bought a salt lick, and have a line on some prairie hay. My brother-in-law pays $50 a ton for it, we will be getting it for $25 a ton. My brother-in-law told his sister that he has a $1,500 a month feed bill. Our feed bill currently is $30 a month, and will be going up slightly, but not that much.
Last night my husband figured up that the cows will pay for themselves, with just butter and milk, in 10 months. That is not including other things, like beef, cheese, lawn mowing and manure.
Are you tired of hearing about the cows yet?
The dams are horned, but were bred to a polled bull. (polled means hornless in case you didn't know. I didn't learn that term until last year when I started seriously looking into Dexters) The calf is polled and the pregnant one's calf should be as well. The dams are slightly older then what they suggest you buy, but because they still have several (between 4 to 10 years on just one) and they have both calved, we decided to go a head with it. The 4 of them are costing us less then 1 Dexter. They are registered, but not with NAIS. But if the government is really interested in their movement it looks like they can always check in with me here.
The Dams were raised as beef cows (well breeders for beef) so it will take a little longer for them to allow us to actually milk them. But we will be starting on the heifer (she is 3 weeks old) and depending what the other dam throws, right away. SO that by the time they are ready to breed and calf, they will be more accepting of us milking them.
We have 1,600 feet of fencing to put up. Anyone interested in coming out to help? We'll bbq.