I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I received the best Christmas present I have had for years. I was given (OK, I bought & wrapped it myself on behalf of the hubby and kids) 3 Temple Grandin books - Animals in Translation - Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, Animals Make Us Human - Creating the best life for animals & Human Livestock Handling - understanding livestock behavior and building facilities for healthier animals. Temple Grandin is an Autistic woman who has the ability to "think the way animals think". Every spare moment I have had (which, frustratingly, has not been much) I have read some. What I have read has been absolutely fantastic!!! I would recommend everyone read Temple's books. She explains not only how animals think but tells you how to use this to both your and the animals' advantage. Temple discusses the different types of fear, curiosity and "seeking" in cattle - too many things to mention in this blog. Do yourself and your animals a favour - buy the books and read them!!! One very interesting part discusses the relationship between hair whorl placements on heads and temperament!!! Scarily accurate.....
Darcy went to his new home Saturday morning. I'm sure he will give Brendan & Kristi some lovely calves! Envoy arrived on Saturday afternoon and was sent straight to work. Paul's 5 Hereford cows, along with some of the Dexters were his "Welcome to Goldshaft Dexter Stud" & "Happy Birthday" presents! His eyes nearly popped out of his head when I put 4 more "girls" in with him Sunday morning! I have posted a couple of photos of him - check him out! I will take more photos of him now I have charged the camera batteries so stay tuned.......
Andrea is Owner and Principal Mangager of Goldshaft Dexter Stud.