Calving Season

Spring is calving season for us and it seems just about every day we stumble upon a cow licking the afterbirth from her new baby or supervising cautious first steps. The scene never gets old and we have had over thirty calves born at Briarmoore this year.

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John has become quite skilled at tagging the newborn calves even when the mammas don’t seem very happy about it.

Along with the new additions to the herd, we have already seen several thousand baby chicks. We have two groups of chickens on grass and our third group in the brooder. These Spring days fly by and find us welcoming sleep with open arms every evening. Exhausting as they are, I love spending tIMG_7729hem with my family and am thankful  for the learning we are all privileged to receive.

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. ” — Wendell Berry

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About Tammy Pedersen

Tammy is married to John Pedersen, manager of Briarmoore and Grass Stain Tour extraordinaire. She is blessed to be able to stay at home with her three children. When not busy with farming and homeschool, Tammy can be found with knitting needles or crochet hook in hand, reading or writing. Someday she hopes to combine her love of travel with mission work.
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3 Responses to Calving Season

  1. Lovely post Tammy. I agree these scenes never get old, and I love the quote from Wendell. Kathryn.

  2. Such a beautiful little calf!

  3. fawncaveney says:

    I enjoyed your post and thank you for the quote from Wendell Berry – good one!