Tag Archives: Calves

Brand New Baby – Y’all Name The Calf!

by Tammy Taylor~

Well, well, well, April-the-Giraffe’s baby was finally born. Have y’all watched the live video for the past month? I popped in from time to time but didn’t have enough time to watch too much. But now they’re having folks submit suggestions for the baby’s name.  Guess what – this pretty girl was born on that same day too!!

We're excited about a brand new baby calf. Howzabout a little fun? I'll let one of you name her! Just go to our Facebook page & name the calf. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Mother Earth News: Fenceline Weaning

by Tammy Taylor~

I recently wrote a post for Mother Earth News about the benefits of fence-line weaning.  Any animal caregiver knows there’s more to weaning than simply separating mama & baby.  Fenceline weaning helps reduce the stresses on both mama and baby and helps the transition go smoother, but there are important steps to be taken before weaning ever begins for it to be successful.  Come see how we prepare calves and dams for this transition and reduce their stress at the same time.

There are important steps to be taken before weaning ever begins for it to be successful. See our tips on successful fence-line weaning #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Come With Me For A Day On the Ranch

by Tammy Taylor

 

I’ve been asked before what it’s like to live and work on a NE Texas ranch.  It’s wonderful, it speaks to my heart, and it’s hard work.  When I had a job in the city my working environment was climate controlled – cool in the summer and comfy warm in the winter.  There was no mud or weeds in my city job.  No ticks or snakes.  And I didn’t have to report to work until 8:00 a.m., and any time after 5:00 p.m. was my own to do as I wished.  Oh, and weekends.  And HOLIDAYS!  All of that has changed… for the better!  Yes now I may be up before dawn to move some cows or out after dark mowing pastures by tractor headlight but DANG I love my life here!  Why don’t you come along and see what a typical day on the ranch is like?

Did you ever wonder what it's like to live & work on a NE Texas ranch? Come with me to see what a typical day looks like - we love it! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Exciting News – I’m Writing for Mother Earth News!

by Tammy Taylor

 

If you follow our Facebook Page you’ve probably already heard the news – but I’ve been accepted as a contributing writer for one of my absolute favorite publications: Mother Earth News!  I’m so very excited about this opportunity and article topic ideas are buzzing in my head already.  I’ll still be keeping up with my own blog here at Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead of course, but I’ll be submitting articles to the Mother Earth News several times per month as well.  Would you like to see my very first Mother Earth News article?  It’s titled: A Texas Rancher Shares Homestead Inspiration.  Check it out!

Texas Rancher Shares Homestead Inspiration #TaylorMadeRanch

 

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Milking My First Cow: Using FRESH Milk!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Recently we had a cow give birth to a calf and although she gave us a fine, healthy heifer calf, she was having a difficult time with her calf emptying one of her teats. Each day that one teat grew bigger and we’d hoped that the calf would eventually latch onto it like she was the others (we’ve had that circumstance in the past and it’s always worked out fine) But the teat began to get so full it was large & tight and too difficult for the calf to attempt to nurse it, so she just didn’t.  I was worried about the cow developing mastitis so I knew I needed to take action.  I’ve never milked a cow before. Ever. Until now. Ain’t nothin’ to it, y’all!  I feel like an official country woman now!

Using FRESH MILK - I'd always wanted to try milking one of our cows to get fresh milk for our family, see what I did with the FRESH MILK! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Come With Me For A Day At The Ranch

by Tammy Taylor

Summer is officially here and WHEW it’s really heating up lately.  We’ve already endured one the the wettest springs in history around here so many of the routine tasks we typically stay on top of have been pushed back for drier weather.  Although there are still plenty of muddy areas around the ranch, we’ve got lots to do today so we’ll do whatever we need to do to get the job done.  Did you ever wonder what a typical day at our NE Texas ranch really looks like?  C’mon with me for A Day At The Ranch…

Did you ever wonder what a typical day at our NE Texas ranch looks like?  C'mon with me for A Day At The Ranch... #TaylorMadeRanch

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