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Date:10/24/2014 6:26:55 PM
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He is at work AGAIN
It seems that every time my husband is at his job and because of his job unable to get home for 48 hours, something happens that I would desperately need him to be here on the farm. The cattle have gotten out and are ten steps shy of the freeway, neighbors dog is out and killing our chickens, yet someone else that I do not know is at he door for assistance with being out of gas or a broken down car. The best one was when the cattle that we accepted as payment for our pasture rental so we could butcher and or sell as meat, one decided to be pregnant. While finishing an order for a graduation cake I realize that the cow is trying to give birth but it is not going well. This of course was happening at 4:45 AM and she had never let me get close to her. She was in distress, I easily approached her where she had decided to try again to give birth this time at the edge of our pond a mud wallow best for other farm animals. Cell phone in hand with an arm load of towels, rope and a knife I made for the new farm drama. Cell phone was out of juice so back to the house for an extension cord and another call to the Vet office. Each journey out was over the fence and through the swamp. Moment of truth, calf was presenting and only 1 leg and a nose, Darn. not the expletive that I used. pushing pulling and an arm squeeze that I will always remember the calf was out. Vet showed 2 minutes later. Off to work with mom licking calf and Vet encouraged that all was well. I got home 9 hours later and the calf had not moved. Mom had moved on and the steer was lying next to him. Hot day and no milk. Bad situation that made for yet another difficult moment. After many attempts to feed replacement milk and colostrum I made the decision to put him down. Where in the world was my husband during these moments. Oh well I find that I can do it by myself but darn......... would I have liked someone to be there.
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