Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cold morning, warm udder

Yesterday morning welcomed another calf. I thought yesterday was cold, 10* I was very glad to see the calf up and nursing. This morning temp is 2* with a 'feels like' temp of -15*. Barn is much much warmer, no wind, lots of bedding. This little bull calf totally demonstrates the 50/50 90 rule, if you have a 50/50 chance of something 90% of the time you will be wrong. Had a 50/50 chance of a red calf and of course it's dun. Ruby, mom, is going to be a great milk cow. She doesn't mind at all having her udder touched and I had been working on getting her used to it, and yesterday was able to milk her ( just enough to be sure all teats were clear)I don't want to be taking any colostrum that the calf needs.

Government control of privately owned rural properties. Interesting and frightening article and news video. I urge all to check it out.

White House Counsel Takes Aim on Rural America

It appears that not a single department in the federal government was excluded from the new White House Rural Council, and the wild card option in number 25 gives the president and the agriculture secretary the option to designate anyone to serve on this powerful council.

(1) the Department of the Treasury; Timothy Geithner
(2) the Department of Defense; Robert Gates
(3) the Department of Justice; Eric Holder
(4) the Department of the Interior; Ken Salazar
(5) the Department of Commerce; Gary Locke
(6) the Department of Labor; Hilda Solis
(7) the Department of Health and Human Services; Kathleen Sebelius
(8) the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Shaun Donovan
(9) the Department of Transportation; Ray LaHood
(10) the Department of Energy; Dr. Steven Chu
(11) the Department of Education; Arne Duncan
(12) the Department of Veterans Affairs; Eric Shinseki
(13) the Department of Homeland Security; Janet Napolitano
(14) the Environmental Protection Agency; Lisa Jackson
(15) the Federal Communications Commission; Michael Copps
(16) the Office of Management and Budget; Peter Orszag
(17) the Office of Science and Technology Policy; John Holdren
(18) the Office of National Drug Control Policy; R. Gil Kerlikowske
(19) the Council of Economic Advisers; Austan Goolsbee
(20) the Domestic Policy Council; Melody Barnes (former VP at Center for American Progress)
(21) the National Economic Council; Gene B. Sperling
(22) the Small Business Administration; Karen Mills
(23) the Council on Environmental Quality; Nancy Sutley
(24) the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; Valerie Jarrett
(25) the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs; and such other executive branch departments, agencies, and offices as the President or Secretary of Agriculture may, from time to time, designate. Chris Lu (or virtually anyone to be designated by the 24 people named above)


Debi said...

Congrats on your new farm member. Looks like a very healthy baby. I'll have to research the article your speaking about. Sounds scary!

Connie Peterson said...

What a beautiful calf! I miss milking! And wish you and I were closer so I could get milk from you. I miss fresh milk almost as much as I miss milking.