Above is another member of the family meeting, a rather small member...
During the night on the 18th, Delight came into heat. In the morning of the 19th, we called an AI guy and asked if he would come AI her. He said he would come, around 7:00 p.m. He came, it was fast and easy, and now, hopefully we will have pretty much half Angus, half Hereford calf around June next year! We are excited. (We didn't take any pictures because it was too dark.)
Mom, Isaiah, Kellen and I set to work clearing out a small portion of the old milking parlor part of the barn, making room for our cow. These are both "after" pictures of the milking parlor part. Before, there was some re-bar and junk and halters and sinks and horse-shoes in this small section of the barn. Now it is removed or pushed over and all we need to do is put a barrier in front of the hay and something to block Delight from the other part of the milking parlor.
We went to a farm outside of St. Johns, a little town in Washington, to buy a trailer. We kids were petting one of the nice cats they had there, and since they had said they had a lot of cats, we decided to ask if we could get one. They said sure! They gave her to us for free. We call her Speckles. We are keeping her in this cage for a couple days until we are pretty sure that she won't run off as soon as we let her out! She is getting petted a lot and getting fed raw meat.
With almost all of the under-the-house work done, Dad, Mom and the older kids decided to do a little bit of framing before going under the house and putting up a beam. Also, it precedes electrical and plumbing. On Tuesday the 4th, I and Mom and the toddlers went home until 1:30 p.m. while Dad and the three other kids framed almost the entire future bathroom. Ashleigh and Isaiah and Kellen had fun being Dad's main helpers instead of Mom, and it was an altogether nice change from digging and putting up beams under the house.
We got some alfalfa hay, and throwing it on the ground for Delight meant she stepped on it and fertilized it. So Mom and I took an old bathtub down there and put the hay in it. With her head she threw it out, making no improvement. Dad then determined to make a feeder so that she could not throw it with her head. On top of the bathtub he built the structure, with sheet metal on top to keep the rain off, and she now cannot throw the hay out.
Josh: Founder, father