That’s from Saturday Night Live, of course.
Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages! I’d like to introduce you to the newest members of the TexasNorth family. Curt returned from Oklahoma Sunday afternoon (let all the angels sing) with 6 new cows for the ranch. 2 mammas with their two babies AND both mammas are pregnant. They’ll have May calves next year. Crazy exciting times around here! Exclamation point!
Meet Total Eclipse and her calf (a bull). Miss Eclipse is 10 years old and a sweetie. She’ll eat right out of your hand. Her horns measure 64″ from tip to tip, and she’s solid black. Her owner was very sad to part with her and considered changing her mind… but The Boy promised we’d love her and talk about her and put lots of pictures up. She’s gonna be a happy cow, I promise!
Here’s Southern Jill with her baby boy calf trailing behind. Jilly is also 10 years old, also measures 64″ from tip to tip and is making herself the herd boss… she’s got a little friendly attitude and quickly placed herself first in line at the watering trough. Isn’t her color gorgeous? It’s like someone sponge-painted her. I love her.
Yep, that’s 2 baby boys in the photos. We’re not quite sure what will happen with those fellas yet. Jill’s boy already has some pretty cute little horn stubs growing, so we may wait a bit to see how he grows. The other boy will likely live a very happy life here on the farm and then help feed a few families. I’m just keepin’ it real. We do still have the other 4 girls… but remember that they aren’t technically ours. They’re Dave’s, and they won’t be living here permanently. They’re just on Summer vacation and will be headed home before the snow flies. Southern Jill and Eclipse are our first official longhorns, and we are so very happy.
Both Eclipse and Jill are from out of town… Oklahoma and Alabama, to be exact. So, this will be their first Winter. I’m sure they’re thrilled. In order to get them ready, we need to wean the babies from them pretty soon. When a mamma cow is feeding a baby, all her energy is going to that milk. (Sound familiar, Girls?) The sooner we can stop that, the more time the ladies will have to build up their Winter coat. I’m not looking forward to separating the babies from their mammas. Everyone says to prepare for 5 days of sad bellowing and heartache on both sides… but we Mammas understand that, too, eh?
Cort… she’s lookin’ right at you. “What UP,” she says.
Thanks for tuning in to another installment of the Life and Times of those crazy Mulders in Michigan. We’re havin’ a good time.