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February 19, 2019
Calf Number 4... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We have a new baby...



This is Bow Tie with her new baby

Calf Number 4


We had a busy day at the calving grounds today.

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just how our day went...

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February 17, 2019
Red Feather....Calf Number 3 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Calf Number 3 has arrived...



This is Frosty Face with her brand new calf

Red Feather





Red Feather is standing up for the

very first time !


She was born this afternoon in a rain storm.

Frosty Face is a good mama cow and will

take good care of little Red Feather.


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Scarlet......Calf Number 2 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Calf Number 2




This is Red Eyes with her new calf...

Scarlet




Scarlet is....SUPER CUTE !




I gave her a good scratching this morning...

she loved it !


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February 10, 2019
First Calf Born....2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Here she is....one week early !


Little Sister.....Calf 1

Our first calf born this year !






Little Sister was born 

out in the field in the snow.

The Cow Boss went out and found her and Mama

and herded them both back to the barn.



We did the morning chores in the snow today:


Mother cows in the snow...





This is the view as we drove over to the

cow barns this morning...






We are bedding the barns today...









The Cowboy is on his way into the barn

to get the straw bales for bedding...



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February 7, 2019
Bulls....this winter from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are wintering over 6 bulls this year...



4 Shorthorn Bulls and 2 Angus Bulls



The Angus bulls are 2 years old:


This is Lewis...




and this is Clark



The Shorthorn Bulls are 3 years old:


Fernando....
he throws all the beautifully colored calves





Clive





Slim





Jess










Sunrise this morning....in the back yard

27 degrees





Across the river are the 2 cow barns...




Close Up View...

A few cows resting in the orchard



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Snow...2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We woke up to a world of white

here in Western Oregon




View out the living room window...






We will be heading out to do 

chores in the snow...

across the river are the calving barns.

The calves are due in 2 weeks.






In our yard...

Thread Shed and Hen House







We are now across the river,

heading over the hills to the cow barns

to feed the mama cows...






You can see our red barn across the river

@ our place...





These mama cows will be having

their babies very soon.



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February 3, 2019
Working Cattle....Weaning Calves from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We weaned the main herd of calves

back in November.

Now we are weaning the late calves

born to the young heifer cows...



Running the cattle into the corral...






Using the tailgate on the pick up as our 

work table.

We are vaccinating the cattle.






This is the new squeeze chute...

it has a self-catch head gate.....it ROCKS !





This is one of our oldie goldie cows...Dulcey,

she has been running with the heifers.



We worked the cows through the chute first,

then turned them out back into the pasture.

Here are their calves:


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January 31, 2019
Herding Cows to the Calving Barns... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The cows will begin calving in 3 weeks...



It is time to trail them down river to the

calving barns...




4 miles of gravel roads ahead of us...





I am driving the hay wagon ahead of the cattle...

you can see them following me 

in the side view mirror.





We have made it out onto the main gravel road...

the older cows know right where they are going,

they have made this trip many times.





Traffic slows up the drive,

but we work the cattle around them

and keep on going.





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December 30, 2018
Bottle Calves....Update from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Remember these little bottle calves ?



We raised them on a bottle 2 summers ago...





orphan calf...number 25

Vern




Bull Calf....from the dairy

Big Marv




Here they are the first day they met...May 2017






December 2017.....Weaned off the bottle

and ready to be put with the rest of the calf herd





Big Marv....eating hay fed from the hay wagon





January 2018

Vern and Big Marv learn to eat

with the rest of the calf herd



December 2018


Big Marv and Vern




Here they are eating with the cow herd

they are on the far right...








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November 25, 2018
Replacement Heifers... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are across the river this morning

feeding the replacement heifers...



On the far right...

you can see our red barn at home.






This is a small herd of heifers.

We kept them for replacement cows...






You can see Golden Girl 

through the bale feeder.

She had her first calf last may...





In the front row are 3 little heifer's calves...

they weren't born until late Spring,

so they are still at their mother's side

and won't be weaned until the first of the year.





The Cowboy is unlocking the gate

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November 24, 2018
Feeding Mama Cows... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Morning Chores...



We feed at 5 different locations...





The first to be fed each day are the mama cows...





The Cowboy feeds off the back of the hay wagon

while I stay warm and dry in the cab driving...





This is our first field of mama cows.

They no longer have calves at their side.

We weaned the calves a couple weeks ago.





On the very far right 

you can see the 2 bottle calves

that we raised 2 summers ago.   

They will be 2 yrs in March.







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November 23, 2018
Heifer Calves....to Pasture from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are moving the heifer calves

to pasture...




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November 22, 2018
Weaning Calves...2018 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It's that time of the year...



time to wean the calves.



After the cows and calves have been sorted...


We haul the calves to this barn.





The calves will stay here for 10 days

until they are weaned.





We have 10 barns....this is my favorite...

It is 90 years old.





The calves are eating a round bale of hay

we made last summer.





The calves are 6 to 8 months old

and weigh 500 to 600 lbs.





These are a few heifer calves

we plan to keep as replacement cows.

Number 22 is Ruby Jean





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November 19, 2018
Morning Chores... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We begin each day with these beauties...


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Our first stop in the morning,

feeding the cow and calf pairs...






They eat 1200 lbs of hay each day...





We are enjoying a sunny and dry autumn

here in Western Oregon...






These are two of my favorite heifer calves...

Queenie and Ruby Jean

They are a chip off the old block!

They look just like their daddy, Fernando...





Fernando


We feed in 5 different locations each morning.

It is a wonderful way to begin the day,

surrounded by such beautiful livestock.


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November 11, 2018
Feeding Bulls... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Here come the Bulls...


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When we pull up to the bull field in the morning,

the bulls come running...




It's that time of the year...


Time to feed the bulls grain pellets...





They love them!





They are so big and so beautiful...

I enjoy getting this close to them

and watching them eat.


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October 13, 2018
Autumn on the Farm... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Western Oregon is getting hit with

lots of autumn color this year...


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Grape Leaves

growing in the back yard...





Each morning at sunrise

I am out in the yard with the camera...





36 degrees at sunrise...

lots of gorgeous color!





Pacific Sunset Maple Tree in the front yard...









It is also Cow Feeding

time of the year:


We moved the round bale feeders

out of winter storage...





and up river to one of the 

winter cow feeding pastures...




Somebody must have rung the dinner bell ?


Cow and calf pairs started showing up

from all reaches ...

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September 10, 2018
Summer's End... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Our Bartlett Pear tree is giving

us a big harvest this year...


We collect a box full each morning...




2 canner loads to process each day...




14 jars of pears a day.

We will enjoy these over the winter months.



Our Gravenstein Apple tree has also kept us busy:


3 pies came out of the oven today.




I try and stitch whenever I get the chance:


I have been working on this curved piece

sunflower quilt this summer.





I have been finishing up tote bags

from all of the messy painted canvas

that was painted earlier in the year.




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July 20, 2018
Painted Canvas.....Tote Bags from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Remember these messy painted canvas?



We painted them a couple weeks ago...




They are so much FUN to create...




They are so much FUN to cut up and stitch...











I am back at it.....stitching up canvas tote bags:


I made a small child size tote.....very sweet




All totes are 2 sided.




Summer cattle images:


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The bulls will be in with the cows for

a couple more weeks...












Enjoying our summer.....hope you are too!



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Stitching and Sign Making... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Making time for stitching...




Over the summer I have squirreled away 

enough time to piece together

113 Crosscut Quilt Blocks...




In 90 degree weather,

the box fan runs steady in the Thread Shed





Today, I am trimming up the

crosscut blocks...





A revolving cutting surface works best...





It saves time, is more accurate and 

is easier on your body...





All trimmed up...

112 more crosscut blocks to trim...



On the farming side of our lives...


We recently moved our cow and calf pairs 

to summer pasture.

They are on open range now,

which means they use the road 

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July 12, 2018
Summer @ Kessi Farms... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Summer here in Western Oregon


The last hay field is baled up...





That's always a good feeling...





All of the cattle are doing well...





It is breeding season,

the bulls are in with the cows...





The calves are growing big and will remain

 with their mothers until they are 

weaned in November.





We just moved the cattle to summer pasture...





We are hauling all those BIG hay bales

to the barns for winter storage...





Ahhhh....

Summer time and the livin' is easy.


I think that's what they say?


Wishing you all a relaxing summer season!




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