Friday, April 15, 2011

Early Retirement

Well, today is the day.  We knew it would come, soon or later, but probably preferred later rather than sooner. 

Marigold decided to take early retirement a couple of days ago. 

She basically took the initiative and decided by herself not to come in to be milked.  ANd, she has refused steadfastly.  Mind you, she didn't have a whole lot of milk and will dry up easily.  

But now, until we find a FERTILE bull, we're out of the milk business for the time being.   We had a bull here shortly after  Marigold calved.  The bull was here for three heat cycles, but neither cow bred.  So we are currently the proud owners of two unbred cows:  Marigold and Honeysuckle and neither is in the motherhood framework short of nine months, now. 

And, just between you and me?  I am glad of the rest.  Feel like I am foot-loose and fancy-free!  Not that I have any spectacular plans, but twice a day, making sure we're here...and what's more, MAKING all the dairy products and staying ahead of them....well, I'm glad of the vacation.  And, I guess that makes two of us, if Marigold gets to vote!

1 comment:

  1. Enjoy your vacation! A dairy is sooo confining, but the dairy products are sooo delicious. You may decide you like the respite so much you won't want to go back to milking! In the meantime you will find plenty to fill up your your garden. Enjoy. Thanks for your blog which I continue to enjoy thoroughly. SW VA