Our dairy herd is gently growing: just these last few weeks we have had five births: 4 female calves which is good news for us, and one male. They all have names given by Hatice and Mehmet: the male is Cem, the others Ece, Eda, Seda, and Şule, all nice and simple. Nothing complicated like Claudia for goodness sake!
|here are the babies ....|
|Friend Susan feeding one of the newborn calves this weekend|
|Susan and Ali bottlefeeding the calves|
Including the newborns, we now have 17 cows.
Until today that is: the phone rang about mid-morning to announce the birth of yet another calf – and yes it’s a girl! Yay! So without further ado we rushed off to inspect this new arrival....
|mother and daughter, 3 hours after the birth and both doing fine|
|the mother, no 75, enjoying extra nosh after her labours|
|here are the other babies in their separate bit|
TT most certainly has his finger on the pulse of the cowshed and it is developing into a model little dairy. It now has electricity and running water heated by solar energy much to the wonder of the local villagers! Thus the principles of proper cleanliness and hygiene are being reinforced on the local front.
It all looks pretty good from what I can see. The cowshed roof is painted an ecologically pleasing pale green to blend in with the environment. The cows are in good health, maşallah, the vet visits regularly and gives them the thumbs up.
|here is our cowshed just below the village of Paşaköy|
Mehmet and Hatice are doing a sterling job.
They live in this hilltop village of Paşaköy and the cows are nearby. We are just a bit further down towards the sea about 10 minutes away.
|Paşaköy in the foreground with Assos behind and then the Greek island of Lesbos|
We are very enthusiastic about this project and with Mehmet and Hatice’s support, look forward to developing a very eco-friendly herd of milk-producing cows!