I always call them cows but in reality they are steers. We butchered and sold the last of our cattle right before Christmas so now begins the process of looking for new bull calves. The best way we've found to get cattle at a reasonable (a.k.a. cheap) price is to buy Holstein bull calves from dairy farmers. The last couple of years, farmers have been getting very little for bull calves when they are shipped to market so we've been able to pick them up for between $25-50. Holsteins will not get as big as other types but we've kept them because they are easily found in our area and inexpensive to obtain.
We're also waiting for our sheep to start lambing. They are all bagging up quite nicely and I'm hoping for more twins this spring. I have one mother who has a nice history of having twins.
Here's one of the lambs only a couple weeks old. Yes, our lambs and goats have been in the house. I think this day I was taking him into school for my daughter's class and I brought him in the house to brush him up. (Yes, I've also had baby chicks and turkey and other small barn animals in the house.) The man of the house just shakes his head!
We're also adding another hive this summer and order another set of bees because really...how yummy does this look!!
Being a city girl who wouldn't have dared stepped into a barn in fear of messing her manicure or getting her heel stuck someplace that might cause it to look less than stellar and who's diet consisted of whatever could be heated quickly in the microwave, I've progressed quickly in the last 5 years in realizing the difference in taste in things like farm fresh eggs, honey, meat, vegetables, fruit, etc.
I even got rid of the high heels (our puppy ate them all 3 years ago anyways although I do replace my little red flats periodically) and actually said the other day..."Boy I really need a new pair of muck boots."
With all the new activity happening or starting to happen around the farm, it's finally time to be able to look forward to spring! Now I just need to finalize the chicken and turkey order.