Spring has officially hit at ESF. The grass has started to green up and the trees are just starting to bud out. We are wrapping up calving now, only have 19 more cows to go. We have had a great calving season this year. We ended up having 62% conception rate for our AI, and 63 of the 82 cows calved in the first 35 days of the calving season! That alone was worth syncing the cows and doing the AI work. For more info on calving at ESF, see the previous post.
On March 2nd we had a set of twins. The mama is a first calf heifer and despite claiming both calves, she does not have enough milk to raise both of them.
To alleviate this problem we have decided to partner with the Kentucky Beef Council to document the journey that these twins will travel throughout their life in Kentucky. The red steer, now named Clooney, will stay at ESF with its mama and be raised in the herd.
The black heifer (Loretta) has gone to the Kentucky Beef Council to serve as a mascot and learning tool.
She will travel to schools and field days (as a halter broke bottle calf) to help children learn about where their food comes from. The Kentucky Beef Council will be documenting her travels and I will be following Clooney here at the farm as he grows amongst the herd.
Both will have interesting journeys, and it will be fun to follow them along their different routes as a Kentucky feeder calf.
Hello, my name is Dan Miller and I work for the Kentucky Beef Network. KBN took over operation of the Eden Shale Farm in April of 2013. We are using the 961 acre farm as a demonstration and learning center for beef cattle producers. This blog serves as a place to document daily farm activity and host discussions about the demonstrations being implemented. I hope you find this information useful and that you come visit us at Eden Shale Farm.