When it rains it pours… through the leaky roof of the barn. Ugh. We’ve gotten a lot of heavy rain over the last few weeks, and either that’s just made the problem more noticeable or the problem is getting worse. Monday morning my husband was out in the rain to get a couple of the cows in the barn for breeding that morning and informed me that we had a pretty good amount of water leaking into the barn and we’re going to have to do something about it sooner than later. Ugh. For the last few years, each time we’ve gotten a good wind we find at least a few shingles blown off the barn, so we knew this was in our future. But still… Ugh.
He got on the phone with a local roofer and they were able to come out Monday afternoon and give us an estimate and also an assessment of how long until the problem starts to affect the structural integrity of the barn. I was mentally prepared for a 5-figure estimate (especially when the term “steel roof” starts getting thrown around) and it had to be done now. Luckily, the cost is going to be somewhat less than what I was prepared for, and it can wait until next summer. Whew!
In other unfortunate news, Dorothy miscarried her calf. We’re not sure why. We had a sudden hot stretch, and that can stress out the cow and cause that to happen. It also could have been something genetic. Or it could have been something else, there’s no real way of knowing. Our breeder said it does happen from time to time, but that we can start to re-breed her in just a few weeks, rather than having to wait two to three months like after they give birth.
Also on Monday we caught Rose’s 8 month old calf nursing again! We weaned them at the end of March and they had been apart for about 2 months before we put them back in the same pasture. We were just out walking around, pulling the kids in the wagon and checking out the corn, when I noticed them. So, we had to separate the older two steer calves from the rest of the herd and wean all over again. The other steer doesn’t need to be re-weaned, but it helps a little when one calf isn’t all by itself. This time at least the two calves don’t seem to mind too much, but Rose has been bellowing for her calf almost constantly for two days now!
I’m just going to leave this here…