The garden …

Spent several hours working in the garden yesterday.  Squash bugs found the squash and while I think the plants are established enough so that the squash bugs cannot do a lot of damage, I’m worried about them.  I sprayed neem on the plants and I’ll post of that worked or not.  Neem is approved for organic gardening and is supposed to be effective against squash bugs.  Here’s hoping.  Just in case, I’m going to start a new crop of squash and cucumbers in the beds up against the house and will use row cover to prevent the squash bugs from attacking the young plants.  I was going to use the Agribon row cover, but I’m going to try shade cloth instead.  The heat is killing the green beans and they are unlikely to produce.  I decided to start another crop of beans under shade cloth to see how that works.  It’s rather frustrating dealing with pests and weather issues, but I suppose that’s farming.

I had not seen Gwen or the other cows for a couple of days so yesterday afternoon I sent Gel (a/k/a Cowboy) out for them.  The cow that came running up with the rest of the herd didn’t even look like Gwen.  She has dropped a lot of weight.  I separated her from the rest of the herd and brought her up to the goat pasture for the evening.  We woke up to a lot cow bawling.  I went out to check on her and discovered she had very little milk.  I let the youngest calf up to nurse on her and she’s going to stay with that calf in her paddock for now.  We’ll sell that calf this week, let her dry off and put some weight back on and unfortunately, she’ll go the processor to be made into ground beef.  This is a difficult decision, but if I can’t get her bred, she’s dead weight here.  We can’t afford to keep on dead weight.  The pastures are already starting to suffer from the heat so the more animals we can get off it, the better it will be.  I’d like to buy another cow, but that may not be in the cards.

Until later …

2 Replies to “The garden …”

  1. You may find she will breed once she is dried off and on a rising level of nutrition. Many good cows will not breed while nursing a calf. My Jersey is due July 9th, and I’m so looking forward to the milk again.

  2. Hi Wendy,

    That may be true with some cows, but given that this one is lame in the back end and cannot support the weight of a bull, I don’t think that this is the case with this cow.

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