As of this minute, we have 30 heifer calves. I say 'this minute' because Kris is out in the pasture looking for calves right now.
We had two heifers as of April 28, so now two weeks later we have 30 heifers and 30 bulls. But it certainly doesn't happen one a day ... there were two different days this week where 8 were born.
Kris is very busy. To give you an example, he leaves in the morning at 6:30 a.m. because that's when it's light and he can see them calving. On Friday between calving and feeding and chopping rye, he didn't come home until 7:15 p.m. at night ... when I had some people over. He stayed up until midnight being a host and started again on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. again! It's a good thing he's energetic! My dad gets calves with him on the weekends and he's twice his age. I think it must keep you young.
Youth must have something to do with it. Kody is our 20-year-old employee. He helps Kris get calves on the weekdays. Know what Kody did in between getting calves and milking one day this week? Went and lifted weights.
Yes, the guys are all working hard. The cows are working hard, too. Kris just walked in (10:30 p.m.) and said it was another 8-calf day! Happy Mother's Day to 8 more cows on the farm ... and 200 more to go!