Fresh Milk, Anyone?

Fresh Milk, Anyone?

      One of the blessings of having a Jersey in your herd is all of that wonderful fresh milk. One of the curses of having a Jersey is…ALL. THAT. MILK.   Just so you know: This post contains affiliate links; if you click…

What Happens at George’s

What Happens at George’s

  “What happens at George’s, STAYS at George’s!” – The Paradise Plantation Bovine Initiative   A Bovine Vacation A little over a month ago, my cows were moved across the road to our neighbor’s. We affectionately dubbed it the Bovine B&B. With the heat of…

When it rains…it pours!

When it rains…it pours!

  One of the most fun and blessed events around here is when a new calf joins the farm. A major portion of our farm income is from our cows. We have been in a drought over the summer. Our pasture is crispy and more…

A B&B Vacation

A B&B Vacation

  The summer months bring not only extreme heat and humidity here in the South, but it also brings drought. We do our best by watering the pastures, but due to the size it gets difficult to get it all done. At one point, we…

Dominance on the Farm

Dominance on the Farm

    Every group has an order. Humans have a hierarchy. Chickens have a pecking order. Dogs have a pack head. And cows have dominance. In our herd, Scratcher is the unspoken head of the herd, but she allows Bottle Rocket to think that she…

Never Underestimate a Cow with Horns

Never Underestimate a Cow with Horns

If I love the simple life so much, why did I think it was such a smart idea to throw cows into the equation? One of the most dreaded days on a farm is the day you wean the babies from their mothers.  It is…

A Day in the Life…

A Day in the Life…

  Mornings have a habit of starting way too early for my comfort. Like around 1:30 in the morning. Around this time, our old German Shepherd started barking. Now, you have to understand – she is just about blind and is as deaf as a…

For the Love of Bovine Domesticus…

For the Love of Bovine Domesticus…

They say, “Curiosity killed the cat.” They say, “Cows are stupid animals.” They say, “Put down old tires by the fence. Cows won’t step on them.” Who the heck is ‘they’ anyway? Whoever ‘they’ are, it’s obvious they have never owned an animal in their…

A Night Awakening

A Night Awakening

For one of us, the world awakened in the pitch of night, and welcomed by the ominous sounds of a Choir. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that Bottle Rocket decided to wander to the far end of the pasture to finally give in…

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

    Life is great, but sometimes it is just more fun with friends. The Farm Women Exchange met yesterday, and Kathleen showed us how to make crocheted hats. Since she got there a bit early, she also showed me how to knit with sticks.…

La Vaquita Ginger

La Vaquita Ginger

No matter how well you plan, how many notes you make and how you figure the situation, Mother Nature always has a way of overruling. In the past, we have tried to ‘schedule’ our breeding program so that calves will begin arriving in January and…

Annabelle Takes a Ride

Annabelle Takes a Ride

  There is one in every crowd – or rather, herd. As for the cows on Paradise, that One is Annabelle. It was time for Black Bart to go home. Or, at least, to his other home. Bart is a ‘shared’ bull. He actually belongs…