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June

Why June, you sweet cow, what are you hiding behind you there?

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Well done June! It’s a sweet little heifer, who already has her legs under her and a full belly of milk.

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Meet Sadie’s Calf

Meet Sadie's Heifer Calf, Lainey

Meet Sadie’s Heifer Calf, Lainey

 

Isn’t she a little cutie?  She is shy, but curious.  M. and K. have been taking such good care of her!  They are leading the newborn calves to and from the milk house every morning on a leash to get them use to being lead and forcing them to get used to those strange human creatures.  M. and K. kindly allowed us to name her, even though she isn’t truly our calf.  M. promised that Sadie and Honey would come to my farm as soon as we are able to secure land, but we haven’t discussed any other cows.  I would take them all if I could.  Well, most of them.

Bracing for the tail swatI think this was Sweetie.  She was one of the cows that they considered bringing to our rented land originally and then they decided that maybe she wasn’t really all that sweet.  Maybe she is a teensy bit sassy.

She was annoyed with me because her udder is tender- she just had a calf also- and she is letting me know by swatting me directly in the face with her tail.  Sweetie.  Ha!

It was good to milk Sadie again!

It was good to milk Sadie again!

Sadie, on the other hand is a true sweetheart.  She let me rub her face and her neck and her ears and grab ahold of her horns.  Holding onto a cows horns in like holding hands.  You both gotta wanna do it.

It was so nice to milk her again.  I miss my cows.  Don’t get me wrong.  The weather is crummy.  It’s cold early in the morning and I am NOT a lover of the cold.  However, milking a cow is a duty that is difficult to describe.  You have to love large animals.  You have to be able to read an animals body language to be safe around them.  You must be ever vigilant for a cow that might be frightened and move quickly in a different/your direction.  Not everyone can read animals.  But once you’ve established a rapport with a beast of this nature…..It is a blessing.

Sadie’s Calf Is Born!

I missed the birth.  I’m nearly 2 hours away from the farm where Sadie is living right now, so the chances that K. and M. would notice she was in labor and I would be able to drive there before the calf was born were slim to none from the get go.  However, it was the first time that K. got to witness a calf’s birth, so that was pretty cool for her.  She said that M. stuck his head in the house and hollered that Sadie was in labor, to come quick.  K. got her camera and ran the whole way from the house to the barn.  90 seconds after she arrived, the calf was born.  She got a couple incredible photos:

Sadie's calf- still wet from birth

Sadie’s calf- still wet from birth

 

The calf struggled to stand.  She was weak.   She couldn’t even try to suckle.  Sadie did a great job licking her new baby girl.  The licking stimulates the calf’s circulation, stimulates her to breath, stimulates her brain function, stimulates her to stand and nourish herself at her mama’s side.  The licking dries off the mucus and allows her fur to dry.  It was very cold that afternoon.

Welcome to the World Little Heifer!

Welcome to the World Little Heifer!

After awhile, M. and K. made the call to tube the calf and get something warm into her belly.  They milked out some of Sadie’s warm colostrum and mixed it with some honey from my farm, some garlic and a smidge of colliodial silver.  K. said that the tiny heifer received the warm colostrum and immediately stood UP.

“Hot Damn- I’m alive!

Welcome, sweet little cow.  Welcome.