Thursday, 24 September 2015

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Nugget and Rock

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Today Nugget and Rock left our farm for good. I have looked after these two since they were calves and today they went to the sale yards. Nugget and Rock are now over two years old. Nugget was the friendliest and came up for scratches lots of times. I am going to miss Nugget and Rock

Monday, 21 September 2015

Four Leaf Clover

Last week mum found a four leaf clover when she was shifting the cows on to a new break of grass. A four leaf clover is not very common to find. Normally a clover only has three leaves. To find a four leaf clover it is meant to bring you good luck. Jayda and I went out to the paddock to see if we could find one. But we couldn't, so mum was very lucky to find this one.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

A Cow with Milk Fever

On Friday Dad and I went to get the cows in for their afternoon milking. As I was shutting the cows in the yard I saw a white cow go down at the back of the yard. I ran to find Dad to tell him that the white cow was down. "Oh she probably has got milk fever" he said. "So can you go get a bag of glucalphos out of the cupboard?" he asked me. What is milk fever? Milk fever (hypocalcaemia) is a metabolic disorder caused by not enough calcium. A metabolic disorder is when a cow doesn't get the energy that she needs from the foods that she eats. That means this cow has no energy and just collapsed and she can not get to her feet again. Dad, Jayda and I treated the white cow with glucalphos because she had milk fever. Dad put one needle in the vein in her neck and then put another needle in under the skin over her ribs. Next he hooked up the tubes to each needle and Jayda and I held a bag each of glucalphos to let the fluid go slowly into her body. After all the treatment had gone into the cows body we left her for a little while to rest and to let the medicine work. After about 10 minutes she got up a bit wobbly, so Dad and I put her in the paddock to rest and get better.

This is Jayda and me helping Dad treat the cow that has milk fever

This is the medicine called Glucalphos that we used to treat the cow with milk fever

Saturday, 5 September 2015

What is a doggy bag?

On Friday Mum and Dad took me and Jayda to Headlands Restaurant  in Opunake for tea.  We ordered our tea and some drinks. Our meals came out large and were delicious to eat. While l was eating the last bit of my meal I looked over at Mum and Dad's plates and they were finished. Then I looked at Jayda's plate and she was struggling to eat all her tea so she asked the waitress if she could have a doggy bag. What is a doggy bag? It is a bag or a container that you put leftover food in that you couldn't eat from your meal so that you can take it home. Doggy bag got its name because customers were too full from the meal that they ordered, so they asked for a bag or a container to put their leftovers in so they could take it home to feed to their dog but secretly they eat it themselves the next day. Today the doggy bag is known as the 'take out box' or the ' to go box' or 'box'. Doggy bags became popular in the 1940's because World War II had lots of wasted leftover steak bones and other food scraps lying around. ( of the doggie bag). Jayda was happy because her leftover tea got put into a plastic container and Jayda got to bring it home and eat it for lunch the next day.