I was with some of my city-living friends recently and I mentioned my 'neighbors'. They laughed and made jokes because my 'neighbors' aren't really that close to my house.
But really, we have the best neighbors - they're also our friends. I took this picture from our neighbor Ashley's front yard. Her tree is so beautiful every year, and Ashley and her family love seeing the cattle in the pasture like we do.
Also today our friend and neighbor-down-the-road Sharon posted this on Facebook:
"Friendly Neighbors make for Happy Cows and Exceptionally Cute Calves ---- It's true... just ask me! It's that time of year again. Some of the pregnant moms have been moved right next door! Some of them came up to the fence to say hello, how's the family, etc. Soon I'll be posting pics of cute little calves making their way into the world. LOVE this time of year! Stay tuned."
It's nice that the excitement is all around us!
Today we moved the calves from last year into the pasture for the first time ever in their lives. I couldn't be there, so my mom took lots of video of them mooing, sprinting, and kicking. We spent the afternoon watching them, since they're right in my backyard. They'd tired themselves out and were lying down or butting heads, trying to decide who's boss.
I don't know if you've ever seen cattle do that, but it's just like you see on nature shows with pretty much any animal butting heads. They just kind of neck-wrestle, then both wander away. It's hard for me to tell who won.
It'll be a busy day on the farm tomorrow. We're scouring the calf barn to ready for new calves, hauling manure to the fields, and moving more cattle.
And our neighbors will be around for it all. Interested? If you like a real cow moo as an alarm clock, there are a few houses for sale around here.
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