Carole Soule's blog
Many of our cattle have left the farm for “Summer Camp” now that the grass has finally started growing. Despite the warm winter, grass got off to a slow start due to the cold weather this Spring. Now the grass is exploding out of the ground and the race is on to get cattle to our twelve remote pastures.
Mother's Day is coming up. At Miles Smith Farm we have nine new mothers so far this year with eleven more babies due. Some cows are due soon and others are due later in the summer. Cows gestation is 9 months, just like humans, so births depend on a date with the bull. We like calves to be born in warmish weather, late April, so date time is July. If a cow does not get bred then, she gets a second chance in September.
It's "calf watch" time at Miles Smith Farm. We try to plan it so our cattle all give birth in Spring (April - May) and so far this year those plans have worked out for four of our cows. We keep the cows that are "due" in a field close to the house so we can help if needed. Most of the time our cows give birth without help but sometimes human intervention is needed.
How can you tell Spring is here? The peepers are peeping, the grass is turning green and Jordon's Ice Cream is open at 2:30pm today. How do I know it's Spring? It's Spring when Jordan's Ice Cream in Belmont opens it's doors. Last year I ate my first of the season ice cream while sitting on the edge of a pile of snow at Jordan's. Yes, of course you can buy ice cream all winter but nothing says, “Summer is coming,” than a sugar cone of Mint Chip ice cream from Jordan's.