The Slowcook at Spydog Farm The Slowcook at Spydog Farm

Heat? No Heat?

October 4th, 2015 by Ed Bruske


Oh, Emily. When did you decide to play hard to get?

On Friday, I removed from our Jersey cow a uterine hormone implant she’d been carrying around for the last week and then gave her a hormone shot, the result of which was supposed to be “a very strong heat” within 48 hours.

But more than 48 hours have passed and still Emily shows no signs of being in any kind of romantic mood. I won’t go into the details of what constitutes a bovine overture to love. The biggest problem is, there aren’t any other cows around that might help signal Emily’s readiness for the inseminator.

I’m not sure what the next step is. Maybe Emily will surprise us. It’s all very frustrating, because Emily was so obvious when she was a heifer. She’d just stand and bellow when she was ready. Then she got pregnant on the first try and had her calf nine months later with nary a problem.

And now the silent treatment. Is it something we said, Emily, or are you just not into us anymore?

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Farming with Giraffes

October 3rd, 2015 by Ed Bruske


Daughter helps move the chicken tractors in the afternoon. Here she is disguised as a giraffe. Or is it just her new onesie?

It’s what all the farmhands are wearing this fall.


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