Oh my goodness! After looking at our Jersey calves for the last two months, seeing our full grown Guernsey yesterday was a shock. She’s enormous! She comes from a commercial dairy in Iowa. While it’s a small family run operation the cows aren’t pets and Penny was a little wired at delivery yesterday. She’d never been anywhere but the farm up in Iowa and not only was it her first ride but she is in a strange new place with people she doesn’t know. I was so glad that there were three guys delivering her because it took all three of them to get that cow where I wanted her. She stepped on the kitten’s tail at one point. That cat shrieked and the cow took off. The young man holding on to her got her stopped but got jerked along a good 50 feet.
Penny was really worked up yesterday and didn’t want anything to do with me. To be honest she’s a little scary. A 1000+lb cow who is skiddish and able to run you over will do that to you. Oh and the flies were instantly on her and she looked miserable so I sprayed her with a homemade fly spray. I sprayed from 10 feet away but she stood pretty still trying to figure out what I was doing. I don’t think she correlated the lack of flies to my spray but it made a huge difference. I hope she’ll let me close enough to treat her head so that they won’t keep making her miserable. I’ve been using the spray on our two Jersey calves and it’s amazing. It works extremely well.
- 8oz fine mineral oil/grapeseed oil
- 5 drops lavandar essential oil
- 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 drop thyme essential oil
And while the above recipe works great on keeping the flies away it wasn’t doing a thing for skeeters. So I bought some citronella essential oil and it had this recipe on it:
- 4 oz water
- 14 drops citronella essential oil
- 6 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
I left out the water and put the skeeter(mosquito) repellant oils in with my fly spray. I tried it last night and it does NOT work for skeeters. So I’m on the search for something that will. We have a ton of mosquitoes and it’s horrible at dawn and dusk.
I left the house at 5:45am this morning and went out to check on Penny. I was worried with her being on the picket line. I don’t want her to get tangled up or hurt. She was just fine and much more relaxed this morning. I look forward to when she really gets use to me and the farm and just chills out though. She let me lead her on the rope but wasn’t into me petting her head. I have until July 21st to gentle her up before the calf comes. I hope she softens to me soon. The first picture below is from yesterday. You can see she’s foaming at the mouth, her head is held higher and alert, her eyes are glaring. The second picture I took this morning. There is no foam on her mouth, she’s holding her head lower and more relaxed, and she’s only looking at me because I was making noise trying to get her attention. 😀 So quite a positive difference. (The third picture I added 7/1/13.)