We have a professional hoof trimmer come every 3 months to trim up the girls' hooves, to keep their feet healthy. We've found that our cow's hooves grow quickly, especially in the wetter months when the ground is soft, and we don't want to take any chances with having them become uncomfortable or lame.
None of the cows mind being lifted off the ground and turned sideways. Most of them are used to it, and know that their feet are going to be taken care of. Our yearling bull was the only one who seemed a bit uncertain of the whole thing this time, but he quickly discovered that manicures aren't just for women. With 8 cows, most of whom are pregnant, it took a couple of hours to get everyone done. By the time we finished on Friday night, it was dark and cold and I was glad to be finished. I can only imagine what an event it is for dairies that have thousands of cows to go through this process multiple times each year.
The girls are all still "free ranging" with supplemental hay, since the ground is still frozen.
In the house, our worm bins are beginning to overflow with nutrient-rich castings. We are getting ready to start more seeds in the house for transplanting to the garden in early Spring, and the compost will come in handy. It's always amazing to watch the worms work together to "dissolve" the green waste and coffee grounds we feed them.
I fired a large load of large mugs this past weekend, too, since the weather was so mild. All of these guys will be shipped this week to fill a wholesale order.
This week, it's back to the wheel to finish out a bisque load of yogurt containers, more mugs, coffee tumblers, and noodle bowls.
What are your plans for the week?