Alpine Hills Brookings Tebow
I am by no means a football expert……let’s be honest, when I watch a football game the only part I really pay attention to is maybe the last two minutes! In spite of that I do know enough to realize that the Superbowl is over, that Tim Tebow didn’t play in it, etc…..but at our farm it’s still Tebow Time!
This handsome Brown Swiss bull was born to our cow Timeless (here’s a photo of her winning 1st Place 5 year old at the KY State Fair in 2011) a couple of weeks ago. His sire is the NGG bull, Brookings. While we wouldn’t have cried if he would have been born a girl (ha ha!) we are still excited to have such a handsome young bull with great genetics at our farm to raise up as our future herd bull. Keeping with the “T” theme of his mother’s name, we decided the that name Tebow would be quite perfect for him. We would be thrilled if he became even half as famous as his namesake one day. I mean, there are some similarities……big, strong, and STUBBORN…….
I have experienced his stubbornness head on. This calf was so big and strong when he was born that it’s hard to believe that he didn’t beat Timeless to death while she was pregnant with him! Teaching him to nurse from a bottle was quite a challenge for the first few days of his life. He wanted that milk sooooo bad, but he couldn’t figure out how to get it in his belly, so he basically just slammed himself into the person trying to feed him, hoping that he’d get milk somehow! I fed him a few times during these few days before he figured things out and it was the hardest workout of my life. Try wrestling an incredibly strong, insanely energetic 115-120 pound bull calf sometime – it’s an experience you’ll never forget! In the end though, I’m proud to say that these wrestling matches (aka “feeding time”) resulted in a score of TEBOW = 0 SHELLEY = 1. I won! 🙂
It didn’t take long for Tebow to get the bottle-feeding thing down. Within a few days he was drinking like a champ without beating me up in the process. I love my job.
Diagnostic Labs, Cute Calf, and Tim Tebow……yes, RANDOM, I know! That was my Saturday though.
Saturday morning my husband and I traveled an hour to Lexington, KY for a Young Dairy Producer Field Day at the University of Kentucky. We had a nice time visiting with other dairy farmers and learning about the research that UK is doing on their dairy farm. Everything was going just great until they wanted to give us a tour of their Diagnostic Lab. I don’t do well with that kind of stuff and was already feeling faint as we walked into the building! Thankfully, my sweet husband was in tune to my fears and protected me from seeing anything gross! I’m glad the lab is in existence and I’m thankful for the work they do, BUT I’d rather not see it! LOL. Anyway, it was another great learning experience for me in the world of dairy. 🙂
After our visit at UK we stopped and visited Matt’s sister at her vet clinic in Shelbyville, KY. I had visited her there about a year and half ago, but Matt realized he’d never been to her clinic before! Melissa gave us a little tour of her clinic (which I handled just fine compared to the Diagnostic Lab earlier in the day!). Then we headed on to visit another dairy farm where Matt was going to check out some heifers that were for sale. While we were there I saw the CUTEST little Holstein heifer that had a marking on her head that looked just like a bow. Had to capture a picture of that…….
Obviously we did a lot of driving on Saturday! I was thankful for the Tim Tebow book “Through My Eyes” that my parents bought Matt for Christmas to help the drive time pass more quickly. As is customary for us, I read aloud while Matt drove. What a great book! My husband and I were discussing Tim Tebow’s single status and I commented that no wonder he was still single as busy as he is. It takes a lot of time and effort to woo a woman! Matt responded with, “Well maybe not so much when you’re Tim Tebow!” Ha ha. Good point. We are learning a lot from the book…..things we never fully understood, like the insane amount of work it took (from a very young age) to get to where he has gotten. Without hard work, his talent would have been nothing. A great reminder for all of us on the power of hard work!
Have a great day!