“Become dust - & they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - & they will throw thee on glass." Muhammad Iqbal *Beyond the bushes, boiling with dust, is 4Shoes West boundary road.

Monday, 2 July 2018

What's Shakin'

If you've been wondering what's been going down at the 4Shoes lately, let me just catch you up. 
Meet handsome young Mishka, a Dexter steer. I've heard it said that once you go black... Well, nevermind. Notice who is in the background, silently resenting the little grain-eating machine?
He arrived here already named; I think his name might be russian for 'BigTasty', but don't quote me on that. Besides being nice to look at, Mishka is quite friendly & likes a good face scratching. Pretty sure Padre hates his guts though.  
The Herefords have finally realized that Mishka is not a black bear! Mishka is easy going, definitely nothing like a bear, & he's not too tough to pick out of the crowd. 
Betty, who thinks she is as big as an elephant, has been camera shy this summer. I think she looks stunning. 
Construction of a new pen up near the barnyard began. I got the easy jobs - driving & drilling; Mr Shoes took the hard job - bossing me around. He enjoyed it immensely.

Thankfully, it was mostly good weather for fencing - a little overcast & not too many bugs out. 
Harley consulted on the job.
Fencing by the light of the moon.
Believe me, it's not as romantic as I make it sound.

Rails up, gates installed, looking good! Multi-way swinging gates serve to make the area into 1 or 2 pens, as called for by the situation.
Phase #1 of 'ProjectPen' only needs a good coat of used oil to preserve the railings.
Phase #2... Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Suffice to say, there is more to come. 
Here, quietly grazing, is Betty on June 28th.

June 30th - Look who Betty brought to dinner tonight!
Healthy bull calf, 4Shoes Fat Chance - 'Chancy', for short. 
And here is Annie, watching Betty demonstrate motherhood, patiently waiting her turn. 

14 comments:

  1. Cows seems like a good deal to me today. Pretty easy going and you get to eat them. Unlike one certain horse I know. Fencing by the light of the moon? lol. I'd like to say I'll pass, but we have our own project coming up this Wednesday.

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    1. Mr Shoes' motto: "If I can still see, I still have time to work."

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  2. Loving the photos, you have beautiful views (and colors)!! Yes, black is a color. Fencing in any light looks like less then fun, but oh so important. Chancy is a cutie! I see he gets his good looks from his mother. I don't think I could raise cows, know their personalities, and then eat them. My guys want to raise some tho. For the past couple years we've been filling our freezer with Beefalo that a co-worker raises. It's the same thing, but feels different. Well, my belly would feel the same either way. Full. On a different note, you made some nice updates on your blog. No doubt inspired by Mishka.

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    1. Thanks for noticing the new look! Get a few cows - once they're past the calf stage, I can almost *guarantee* that they will do a bunch of stuff that makes you glad you will be eating them.

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  3. Thank you for sharing, the pictures and articles are wonderful, the cows are very strong, the milk should be the best.

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    1. Thank you. These are beef cattle, but if *you* want to try milking one (after you sign a contract absolving me of any responsibility), I'll keep the video camera ready.

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  4. What a great post! You all have been busy and everything is looking great. Love seeing your cattle, they all look so healthy and happy. Love your new blog look too!

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    1. Thank you Leigh, it was past due for a revamp.
      The cattle are healthy, and sometimes a pain in the arse, plus now I'm on the look out for that calf every day... Personally, I had no idea how much time cows spend away from their calves, leaving them snoozing in the bush, for example.

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  5. What a little cutie with mom. I couldn’t raise anything and then eat it I’d get too attached to them. Love your new look too. You have a gorgeous place.fencing is no fun even by romantic moonlight 😏 but it’s needed. Thank god Harley was there to supervise the humans so they got it right! Mishka is a handsome guy. Good luck with everything and everyone.

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    1. Harley is a regular consultant around the 4Shoes... he thinks he knows everything.
      Believe me, cows are... often difficult. Often enough that, once past the cute calf stage, you would pin a beef cuts poster on your wall and start counting the days to butchering.
      That said, we do what we have to do to eat around here. I do all the loving and "Awwww-ing' and Mr Shoes does the dispatching. He could not do his part if he had to do my part also - separating need from emotion. Not that his doesn't love animals, but the ones we raise for food he keeps at arms length. On the plus side, he lavishes love and attention on the dogs, cats, & the horses (of course).
      Moonlight fencing? Um... yeah, gotta admit I was in the house by then and his supper sat on the cupboard getting cold already. I got that picture when I went outside to tell him he should come in - it was another couple of hours. Good thing we have a microwave...

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  6. Everything is looking so fabulous!! Love the new additions. Couple of dapper lads you have. Fence looks great. Hope all is well!! xoxox

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    1. Thank you Barb. I miss you. You should email me sometime.

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  7. Mrs Shoes, your photos are great as always, making many of us, I'm sure, quite envious of country life.

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    1. Thank you Jean.
      It is easy to imagine country living as idyllic - for some of us, there is no life like it.

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