Some of the new spring babies.

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    Cattle are Brahma hybrids? That breed does very well in Fl and their dung is legendary for mushroom hunting. Are those mules? Do you put them to work or sell them?
     
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    The cattle with “humps” are actually zebu. They are small—weighing between 350-600 pounds mature. We’ve tried Brahmas here but it’s too cold in the winter—they just don’t do well. They are definitely built for FL weather. :) These zebu eat less and handle the cold better.

    The first two “long ears” are mammoth donkeys. The third is a miniature donkey. We have a couple donkeys broke to ride and drive but mostly we just sell them. Many of the black mammoth jacks are purchased by people who breed mares to produce mules.
     
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    You have a regular old farm, dont you?
    I swear, i'd move out of the city and quit my job if I could find stable room and board and some modicum of pay to be a ranch hand. Yorkshire hog?
     
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    Not babies, but a new colony. A swarm I found and re-homed this morning.
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    The Miracle of Life. Great stuff, 557. :beer:

    We've got a farmer down the road who raises goats and their kids have been running around, too. Cute little critters...
     
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    If baby goats weren’t cute humans would have annihilated the species centuries ago. The kids are so cute they make us forgive the vile, evil ways of the mature members of the species. :)
     
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    LOL

    I can see you've had a busy Spring.

    Are those Highland Cattle at the bottom of Post #3?
     
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    Yep. We dehorned the cow when she was a calf so she lacks the signature horns, but she’s full blood highlander. I kind of like them without horns. Some people don’t.
     
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    Beautiful amazing life you have 557....
     
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    That's exactly what threw me off. I think they look great either way, but I'm sure it's a lot easier to deal with them without having to maneuver around those horns.

    If you don't mind me asking, I take it you live somewhere in the Upper Plains?
     
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    Yes the horns are a bit of a nuisance. Our current highlander bull is dehorned as well, but we don’t dehorn much anymore because buyers all seem to want the horns. I get it, it’s kind of like dehorning a longhorn or watusi, it kind of ruins the breed characteristic look.

    It’s amazing to watch the horned highlanders maneuver their horns down working alleys and through the squeeze chute. They can tip their head down and to the side and and eventually get through just about anything. We have one horned cow that is a little militant when she calves. I don’t mind an angus cow knocking me down once in a while. But I’m completely uninterested in being skewered by one of those highlander horns. :)

    I’m in central Nebraska.
     
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    I've never made it to Nebraska but my second step Dad was from Broken Bow. Really awesome guy. Better than my real Dad in many ways.

    Lived there all your life have you?

    I've grown a little tired of living in Houston. I wish I had the money to move back to Kentucky and retire on Lake Cumberland. Houston is like living in a sauna damn near six months a year.

    Amazing pics - how many animals do you have and how much land do you have? Great plains country isn't it? Big Sky just like Montana's motto?

    I lived in the country for a year during my Mom's second marriage, first step Dad. The country part was pretty awesome, the second marriage part not so much. I'll never forget the weekend I spent at my sixth grade buddy's house deep in Henry County Kentucky. Chickens, rabbits, cows and horses and their own homemade baseball diamond. Fishing a little creek with bamboo poles and these insane little fish about the size of Angel fish that fought like Marlins, not that I've ever caught a Marlin. As another interesting event I had to decline his offer to suck each other's dicks that night, holy s, wtf dude.... Then he got all upset that I was going to out him to our class, nope. Don't worry about it I told him. I'm not into sucking dick or having you do it, but we're friends and I'm not gonna trash you. That farm life though, man, really nice. He had a super cute sister. I wish she had been to one to propose some frisky stuff instead of my buddy....

    They had I think maybe one milk cow and a pasteurizer. The next morning after I escaped my bud's gay sex offer we had corn flakes for breakfast in milk that I'd never in my life encountered. Frothy foam even in the cereal bowl. Man that was weird. I kinda freaked out a little and my friend's dad chuckled at me in a friendly sort of way and assured me it was ok to eat/drink.

    There is a real divide in our country these days between country folks and city folks and it's a complex divide on many issues. But this is not the sub-forum to get into that I reckon.
     
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    Cant resist....The scene from the movie "KingPin"....

    Guy was at the breakfast table drinking 'milk'.....tells the Amish patriarch 'I milked your cow'.....he say's 'we dont have a cow, we have a bull'.

    *guy spits 'milk' everywhere....
     
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    Broken Bow is a nice little town.
    No. Grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It’s different here. LOL

    I’ve been through Kentucky a couple times but never spent any time there. I’d like to see more of it and the people I’ve met from there were cool.
    I don’t really know how many animals. It changes all the time. Approximately 300 beef cows, 30 jersey dairy cows, 20 or so sheep, 45-50 dairy goats, a handful of angora goats, 10-12 Pygmy goats, 15 or so llamas, 15 or so alpacas, sone odds and ends cattle like the highlanders/milking shorthorn/lowlines/etc., 30 zebu, maybe 40 mammoth donkeys, 10 or so miniature donkeys, 3-4 standard donkeys, a few quarter horses, an Arabian gelding, several Percheron draft horses, a dozen or so kune kune pigs, a mess of border collies, a couple Great Pyrenees, laying hens, some pet turkeys, a bunch of guineas, some geese, and barn cats. Oh, three guinea pigs. I think that’s it if I haven’t forgotten something.

    We farm about 1000 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and sometimes a little wheat.
    Geez. A lot of kids learn about the birds and bees watching animals on the farm but that’s too much!

    I have a hard time eating eggs or milk from the store. Just don’t like it. I love the heavy cream off the milk—I’m addicted—it goes on cake, in soup, and makes the best biscuits or caramel sauce!
    Yes it is complex. A lot is just misunderstanding. Most city folk don’t understand the freedom we have out here and we can’t understand living without it.

    Oh, the sky. I am milking cows right now and this is the sunset in progress as we speak. 67BAEA94-0889-4E52-A79C-094497F97C4D.jpeg
     
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