We significantly expanded our herd this year. From 50 cows and 3 bulls, to 161 cows and 10 bulls. After having a closed herd (no new cows brought in) for a long time, we are now seeing new diseases. When was the last time you heard of diphtheria? I remember it killing me on the Oregon Trail in 5th grade...wait, maybe that was dysentery?? Imagine my surprise when the vet diagnosed one of our new calves with it. Despite our very best efforts, she didn't make it.
And that's life on the farm. Luckily, most of the new cows have been very healthy. Despite a short bout of pneumonia that troubled a few of our girls, they have been doing great. They are becoming more docile and easier to handle by the day.
They are also giving us some pretty healthy calves...and some, like this little smoke charolais with a white face, are pretty dang cute too.There's a good chance she's my favorite.
We also ran out of nursery space this week. After planting 140 flats, there just isn't room for another tray. Since we moved to the farm, I've eyeballed this little dilapidated, antique greenhouse that my neighbor has in her backyard.
We finally called her this week to discuss buying and moving the greenhouse over to the farm. She was interested and invited us over to take a look.
It may not look like much, but this is an antique Texas Greenhouse Company classically styled greenhouse, with nearly all of the glass still intact. After negotiating the purchase, our very kind neighbor agreed to let us use it on her property until the spring plant is over, so that we don't lose valuable nursery time for our transplants. Moving it will take at least a week or longer.
First, we had to get a mass of vines out of it. If you never take my advice on anything else, heed this warning: NEVER PLANT VARIEGATED PERIWINKLE. It will take over your life. Or at the very least 2 hours of it...though Thomas doesn't seem to mind:
Seeing it all cleaned out really made us anxious for summer so that we can get it moved. We can't wait to bring it back to life. Hopefully I'll have photos to share next week of it full of seedlings.