#waywardgoosefarm #pasturedmilk #autumncolors

#waywardgoosefarm #pasturedmilk #autumncolors

It’s a rare occasion here at Wayward Goose Farm when we need the services of our trusty vet. Our cows are vigorously healthy young ladies but sometimes, just as with people, situations arise that require the care of a medical professional. Such was the case last week when newly freshened Lauren started acting like something was wrong. Usually quite bossy and a hearty eater, she lost interest not only in food but in retaining her queen bee status too. Dan, drawing on his lifelong experience as a dairyman, suspected a DA on the right and Sara, one of the great team from Granville Vet Service who came to treat Lauren confirmed his diagnosis and told him what he already knew, that it’s a freak occurrence and doesn’t always respond well to treatment. Simply put, a displaced abomasum is when the fourth stomach of a cow becomes, in a sense, twisted. Surgery isn’t always required but in Lauren’s case it was. Sara got right to work shaving a nice big patch and operated in the barn while Lauren stood patiently waiting. Shortly after the surgery not only was she eating hay she was also mooing her displeasure at being left behind while the rest of the gang was out grazing. This photo is from the following morning. She still can’t join the grazing party as the incision site is a bit too new. It hasn’t stopped her from bossing poor Janet around, who stays behind for company. We think she’s going to recover just fine!!
#waywardgoosefarm #jerseycows #pasturedmilk #neveradullmoment

It’s a rare occasion here at Wayward Goose Farm when we need the services of our trusty vet. Our cows are vigorously healthy young ladies but sometimes, just as with people, situations arise that require the care of a medical professional. Such was the case last week when newly freshened Lauren started acting like something was wrong. Usually quite bossy and a hearty eater, she lost interest not only in food but in retaining her queen bee status too. Dan, drawing on his lifelong experience as a dairyman, suspected a DA on the right and Sara, one of the great team from Granville Vet Service who came to treat Lauren confirmed his diagnosis and told him what he already knew, that it’s a freak occurrence and doesn’t always respond well to treatment. Simply put, a displaced abomasum is when the fourth stomach of a cow becomes, in a sense, twisted. Surgery isn’t always required but in Lauren’s case it was. Sara got right to work shaving a nice big patch and operated in the barn while Lauren stood patiently waiting. Shortly after the surgery not only was she eating hay she was also mooing her displeasure at being left behind while the rest of the gang was out grazing. This photo is from the following morning. She still can’t join the grazing party as the incision site is a bit too new. It hasn’t stopped her from bossing poor Janet around, who stays behind for company. We think she’s going to recover just fine!!
#waywardgoosefarm #jerseycows #pasturedmilk #neveradullmoment

Emerald greeted us with a shiny new bull calf this morning. #waywardgoosefarm #jerseycows #jerseycalves #pasturedmilk  #morningglory

Emerald greeted us with a shiny new bull calf this morning. #waywardgoosefarm #jerseycows #jerseycalves #pasturedmilk #morningglory

Wayward Goose Farm in all its glory. #waywardgoosefarm #morningmilking #morningglory #morningwalk

Wayward Goose Farm in all its glory. #waywardgoosefarm #morningmilking #morningglory #morningwalk

What do you do when one of your young meat chickens gets a leg caught whilst moving its pen, and that leg is broken? Why you improvise, or at least your husband does, butchering it on the spot and then entering the milk house just as you’re finishing up morning chores to rinse it off. More improvising as he directs you to grab an artificial breeding sleeve in which to store the carcass and transport it to the house. Chicken and biscuits somewhere in our future. Paul (our dog) looks skeptical.  #waywardgoosefarm #freerangechicken #chickenandbiscuits #sustainableimprov

What do you do when one of your young meat chickens gets a leg caught whilst moving its pen, and that leg is broken? Why you improvise, or at least your husband does, butchering it on the spot and then entering the milk house just as you’re finishing up morning chores to rinse it off. More improvising as he directs you to grab an artificial breeding sleeve in which to store the carcass and transport it to the house. Chicken and biscuits somewhere in our future. Paul (our dog) looks skeptical. #waywardgoosefarm #freerangechicken #chickenandbiscuits #sustainableimprov

This is the first time we’ve ever had enough luck growing peppers to worry about frost. This last harvest of the season makes a nice bowlful! #gardenbounty #waywardgoosefarm #fallishere

This is the first time we’ve ever had enough luck growing peppers to worry about frost. This last harvest of the season makes a nice bowlful! #gardenbounty #waywardgoosefarm #fallishere

Emerald and Lupine enjoying a nice bit o’ cud. #jerseycows #waywardgoosefarm  #cudchewers #pasturedmilk

Emerald and Lupine enjoying a nice bit o’ cud. #jerseycows #waywardgoosefarm #cudchewers #pasturedmilk

#behindconsiderbardwellfarm #vermontsky

#behindconsiderbardwellfarm #vermontsky

George Bailey and the rest of the Consider Bardwell breeding team have been cultivating a pretty impressive stink! Look out ladies! #considerbardwellfarm #smellybucks #dairygoats #breedingseason

George Bailey and the rest of the Consider Bardwell breeding team have been cultivating a pretty impressive stink! Look out ladies! #considerbardwellfarm #smellybucks #dairygoats #breedingseason

Cedar, that ornery old trouble maker, ducked under the electric wire while I had my back turned readying the gates across the rail trail. Standing at the head of the bridge, her posse at the ready behind her just waiting for her signal, I had to chuckle as the gunslinger music from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” ran through my head. It was a showdown alright. I won this time but I might not be so lucky next time! #waywardgoosefarm  #showdown #jerseycows #pasturedmilk

Cedar, that ornery old trouble maker, ducked under the electric wire while I had my back turned readying the gates across the rail trail. Standing at the head of the bridge, her posse at the ready behind her just waiting for her signal, I had to chuckle as the gunslinger music from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” ran through my head. It was a showdown alright. I won this time but I might not be so lucky next time! #waywardgoosefarm #showdown #jerseycows #pasturedmilk