Auburn Meadow Farm

A modern heritage foodstead

hello sprocket!

Who’s this? Say hello to Sprite & Sprocket


Did you miss us? Did you even notice we were gone?

It’s been crazy busy around here and between trying to keeping up with projects and peak pollen season, I’ve been challenged.  I don’t like to whine, but let me just say, allergies are a real handicap in the farming business.

So between crying & sneezing, planting deadlines, fencing projects and hay making, blogging had to take a back seat this past week.  What that really means is, I’ve got a logjam of stuff to tell you about. Starting with Sprite’s big news.

If you’ve been following along, you know that Sprite is my special needs girl.  She’s a handsome cow, kind and loyal, but a bit stubborn in her particular way. Last year, of all my first time mothers, Sprite was the only one to have any trouble managing her new job.

Don’t get me wrong – Sprite is a very good mother.  She delivered Spritzer with no problem, she licked the baby, talked to the baby, bonded with the baby and chased him around.  But when it came to actually feeding the baby, well, not Sprite’s cup of tea.

Thankfully, with a little help, Sprite and Spritzer figured things out and did very well. Spritzer has grown big and chubby and is a happy, friendly steer batching it with the men.  And last week, Sprite had her second calf.

Of course, I’ve been very anxious to see how Sprite would handle her duties this year, and I’m happy to say, she’s nursing like a champ.  In fact, this baby is the most obedient, manageable one yet.

Sprocket spends his days hunkered down in the tall grass waiting for his mom


And Sprite has some very modern opinions about mothering.  She spends her mornings with Sprocket just on the fringe of the rest of the herd.  She feeds him, and then, when he lies down in the tall grass, she leaves him hidden there and goes about her daily routine as if she were a single girl.  All day.

Around dinner time, Sprite sets out to find Sprocket, feeds him then they spend the evening together with the herd.

Now, all cows do this, but Sprite takes this daycare system to a whole new level.  It’s only working so well for her because Sprocket is so amazingly obedient – he stays exactly where she left him for as long as she’s gone.  That’s unusual for my calves – they’re usually challenging authority from day 2.  Day 1 if they’re Beatrice.

Sprite looks, and looks….. I kid you not,  it’s a BIG BIG field of tall grass


The only problem is that sometime Sprite forgets.  It’s a big, big, big field and sometimes she forgets where she left him.  And he’s so obedient, he stays hunkered down until he hears her call.  And she silently looks and looks, not thinking to call until she gets frustrated.

And sometimes, Sprite completely forgets about Sprocket until she sees me head out to look for him.  Then, she trails behind, letting me do the legwork, waiting for me to call when I’ve found him.

Special needs indeed…..

Who could forget a sweet face like this? Welcome Sprocket, we’re happy to meet you!


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11 comments on “hello sprocket!

  1. Maggie Mead
    May 31, 2012

    Damn, that’s some nice looking pasture!

  2. Maggie Mead
    May 31, 2012

    BTW – Maggie Mead is AKA Carrie Hahn.

  3. Nourishing Words
    May 31, 2012

    We did miss you! I’m so glad Sprite’s mothering skills are coming along so beautifully. Or, should I say, “co-mothering” skills? Good thing you’re there…

    • Auburn Meadow Farm
      May 31, 2012

      Oh, I’m sure Sprite would do just fine. Part of minding animals is learning when to keep your big nose out of their business. I try, but I’ve got a ways to go : )

  4. What a character Sprite is!! Such beautiful animals!!

  5. Jonell
    June 1, 2012

    Lying in bed last night it occurred to me you hadn’t been around for awhile! Glad to see/hear you. And, as always, you bring a smile to my face. Loved hearing about Sprite and her ditziness.

    About the allergies…my friend here in Washington was suffering terribly and went to Super Supplements asking for relief. (And she is NOT the type of person who searches out natural remedies.) They gave her a tincture made especially for Washington and Oregon pollens and two days later she was a new woman. It was amazing! So I wonder if there are any area-specific remedies for your area?

    Glad you checked in. The pictures of your cows have made them some of my favorite animals online. They are just so beautiful!

    • Auburn Meadow Farm
      June 1, 2012

      Thanks so much Jonell – I surely never expected people to think about us as they lie in bed at night, lol.

      Thanks for the allergy recommendation. Our hawthorne trees were dripping in blossoms – literally like rain – and that seems to be the specific killer for me. Just one more reason to hate those viscious trees….

  6. Tammy
    June 3, 2012

    Beautiful Jackie. Welcome to the world sweet sprocket.

  7. Heather Gallagher
    June 13, 2012

    I’m so glad our girls have such a happy new home with you. You never really know when you sell your animals friends to someone else. Sprite looks just like her mom.

    • Auburn Meadow Farm
      June 13, 2012

      She does, doesn’t she. I’m sure Hannah was a handsome girl in her day…
      Thanks for the kind words. They’ve been good to me as well.

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