Buttercup went home with a lovely family from over in the Danville area last night. She’s going to be their Maybelle – their first bovine love – and I’m so happy for her and for them. Selling this girl was not easy. We love her and would happily keep all of our ladies, if only our land would magically increase with the size of our herd, and hay rained down from heaven. This was the next best thing, though. Buttercup went home with a real family, and I’m just so pleased for her.
This morning, Molly Moo is on her way to the processor and then we’ll be at our winter weight, as far as cows go. I have one more calf available, but I don’t need to sell her till next summer, so no stress. Calves are easy to care for and don’t eat much.
Now we just need to lighten the chicken load, kill off some sweet, fluffy little bunnies, eliminate a couple of pigs, and prepare the turkeys for the holidays. I think we’ve got about three month’s worth of work left, then we can settle in for the winter. Well, at least until January. Then the whole cycle will start all over again. We’re getting the hang of this, though. We’ve already got a few ideas for streamlining things next year.