This week at Farnash Creek Ranch we noticed one of our male calves sucking on a heifer’s titty. We DO NOT allow breastfeeding in public so we immediately figured that he was sucking that titty because he really wanted to be a female calf instead of a male. We grabbed our gloves and equipment as fast as we could and threw him/her into the chute! Popi grabbed the scalpel, I grabbed the leg, and Gramita held the tail. Popi then cut off his/her’s testicles! It seemed painless for him/her! We could see the happiness in this calves eyes, because finally he was a she!
We have decided that at Farnash Creek Ranch our cows will tell us what gender they are and we will respect that 100% and do our best to accommodate our cattle! This coming up week we are doing at least 5 more ‘gender reassignment’ male to female! (Would be 6, but but one calve licked a ball and we guessed that meant that he wanted to keep his!)
It’s a hard life for cattle these days, but we feel that our herd will be happier picking there own genders!
For everyone that is still reading: We did our 1st castration this week! Hopefully everyone got that I was joking throughout this post! We named him Cookie!
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It’s been a long week on the ranch. Popi has been recovering well, but we can’t keep him in the bed. We find him in the barn piddelin’ or looking for stray metal in the yard. It’s a full-time job looking after him, but we are grateful that he is doing better!
Gramita has been taking control of the ranch this week. She rearranges the barn constantly, wakes up at 5am daily to feed and grain the horses, and started making cherry jam. She mows daily and we count the cows and calves every evening.
Seydi has been very sassy this week, but she loves helping us water the dogs and horses (as long as she gets to play in the water!) she can’t wait until Popi gets to feeling better so they can play together! She doesn’t like seeing him in pain!
We are waiting for the apartment in the barn to be ready. It was suppose to be finished last week, but they are a little behind. It will be finished soon, then we can start working on bigger projects. We have our rainwater collection system set up and are only waiting on the tank now. Next we will build a greenhouse and bigger chicken coop! Our project list goes on and on, but if you stick around I’ll update everyone on our newest projects and ideas.
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Zans Double Parr a.k.a. Cisco is our newest ranch addition! He is a male Palamino. He stands about 15 hands tall, four years old, and loves working cows! We got ourselves a catch!
We’ve had a few injuries this week too! First, Cisco got caught in the fence on his first day here. Next, Clause got a snake bite. They are both doing great and Clause is all smiles after we wrapped him up! Thanks to the vet for all of his help!
Summertime ready! We have our cattle trough pool up. We put pool noodles around the edges and a few chlorine tabs to keep it nice and clean for the hot summer days! Baby Seydi will be having so much fun!
Happy Fourth of July! We are about to have a long night of fireworks and quality family time! Everyone be safe, open to change and always move forward! Check us out next week for more updates! Subscribe and follow us on Instagram! We love sharing our story!