Last week

There is Pheonix with the potato planter we borrowed. Last year, we made the furrows with the team, walked down the furrow and dropped the seed by hand, and then closed the furrow back up with the team: three passes altogether. The planter did all three steps in one pass. Much faster; It planted about 1,000 lbs of seed in about 6 1/2 hours.

The next thing was the clothesline. It was quite the undertaking. It involved four trips to the Community Market and a lot of messing around with, but we are both pretty excited about it. There she is in all her glory.

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On midday Friday, Frannie gave birth to a healthy heifer calf. The delivery went smooth and the calf got up pretty quickly and with a little help started nursing right away. But, her afterbirth didn’t come out within the first couple hours like it should. When I went to get hay on Saturday morning, she still hadn’t cleaned, so I asked the farmer we get hay from for a shot of oxytocin. We gave her the oxytocin as soon as I got back (around 9am), and an hour later there was still no sign. We called the vet and he suggested calcium, and after that still no sign. We called the vet back and he told us to wait a couple days and call back if she still hadn’t cleaned. So, at this point, its been 24 hours and we have a retained placenta on our hands. The main risk here is uterine infection so we kept her area really clean and bedded her with fresh hay and just hoped it would come out on its own. Yesterday morning we went out to water and check on her and she seemed to have a hard time standing, was pretty wobbly and hadn’t really eaten much hay; which, is a sign of milk fever. So, we gave her more calcium and she seemed to be feeling better after that. When we went back out again an hour or so later, her afterbirth was most ways out, and what a relief! We definitely learned from this experience though, next time we are seeing the early signs of a retained placenta we will give the oxytocin much earlier. Oh, and we named the calf Fancy.

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Yesterday, we used another piece of borrowed equipment to lay plastic for winter squash. It came out pretty good, and was kind of fun to do.

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