The great bull swap happened this morning! What was a few weeks in planning and visiting and deciding, turned into the (Great) White Galloway swap. We traded our White Galloway for another, from with a farmer from the middle part of Massachusetts. What we accomplished was a broadening of our genetics, and a very nice bull. I have yet to snap a pic of him, as my two boys are sick at home today. It is a very good feeling to have spent no money (except gasoline) and gotten an unrelated bull.
The barn spring cleanup is underway as well. Sometime in the next few days, we will be buying a milking Jersey cow named Gringott, apparently with a title inspired by “Gringotts Wizarding Bank” and Harry Potter. She is “with calf” and due to dry off in a few months. While she is dry, a heifer, with a name that I have yet to learn, will freshen and we will be milking her. So, sometime this fall, we will have two milking Jerseys – a first calf heifer and a second or third (I am not sure how old Gringott is) lactation cow. Lots and lots of fresh Jersey milk. Mmm!
Now, thinking about it, I hope that Gringott the Jersey cow was not named for a goblin because that is the nature of her temperament. It does provide us with a wealth of great names from which to name her calves.
Egg sales: Anyone wlse want fresh chicken eggs delivered to their home each week? We are delivering seven dozen this week, and have more available. Just let me know. Also, if anyone knows of a “stash” of clean, used egg boxes… Thanks!