Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Little Bit Rusty at This

Sadly, we went on a one year hiatus from the blogging world. I cannot believe how quickly that time passed and how long I have neglected this blog. But thus is life and so here we go to give it another shot.

We have had some changes in the last year. Here's a synopsis for you: we're older, and hopefully wiser, our baby girl isn't a baby anymore, we have one less cow, no chickens at the moment, and THE farm vet (in the literal sense, not the blog) has taken a different path in his professional life. Don't worry, he is still a practicing veterinarian, just with a new group and doing a few different things.

The farm vet is now working with a vet group out of Canada that focuses on providing services to feedlots and calf ranches. We will stay based here, in California. This does mean he will not be doing the "James Herriot" type of work that many may imagine (meaning the assortment of animals, whether companion or farm). His professional work is much more focused on the animal health of cattle eventually used for beef. He is thoroughly enjoying his new working partners and all of the challenges that come with this move. He still has a handful of local dairy farms he works with as well.

Our little girl is rapidly becoming a very independent toddler! It is more and more fun every day. This is her with our heifer, Millie, that we are still waiting to get bred. Our other heifer is pregnant (thank goodness!) and due this fall. Yay for a baby calf on the way!
Next, our steer FINALLY made it to our dinner table. It was a bit of a sad day when he had to go but it was always his destiny and we had made sure he didn't become a pet! Now he is paying for himself ten times over with all of the delicious steaks and roasts we are cooking. We are so excited to have our own homegrown beef to serve guests!

Lastly, sadly, our chickens had to be put to sleep because of a bad case of scaly leg mites. :( They weren't high egg producers but we were getting maybe one or two every couple days. We have learned from this and are going to start new with some more chickens, hopefully soon.

2 comments:

  1. I wonder if you have to go into a certain vet field if you want to be a farm vet. I think you would then focus on more on just the animals that a farm typically has. I always wanted to be a vet when I was younger. I don't like blood though so that didn't work out.

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  2. What is it like to have the knowledge to help your animals out when they are sick? I bet it has to be pretty good because you don't have to worry about having to take your animals in. Is there a real difference between bigger animals and small animals when they get sick or is it the same procedures for every animal?

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