Friday, March 09, 2012

Friday Farm Fun - Heifer Watch Ends


The pregnant little heifer my husband bought a month ago had her calf on Sunday morning. My hubby checked her at 5:30 and the feet were sticking out. He did some chores and returned to find the calf on the ground and the mama licking it. So for all our fears she didn't have any problems birthing. The calf appears to be about 60 pounds and healthy. She was racing around with her tail in the air like a flag yesterday.

The calf has a slight brownish hue to her, making us think the bull might have been red.

The cow is a good mother, she began licking it right away and acts like she'd charge us if we get close. Which is good for the well being of the calf but a pain for us because we need to vaccinate it and ear tag the calf. We're hoping we can lure the cow into the barn away from the calf, but it won't be easy with her protective nature.

Now we have a long horn that my hubby purchased at the sale yesterday. He says it's pregnant too. He just can't sit on his hands when something is going for a low price!

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

Ah, I remember the days.DH was just like yours. If it was a bargain, we owned it. The calf is adorable. They don't look like the could hurt a fly, but I know how they can kick, head butt or even run over you while you're trying to doctor them. Good luck on the next one.

Paty Jager said...

Stephanie, LOL Your hubby must come from a farming background or is Dutch too. When my DH was catching the calf to vaccinate it,she kicked out and got him pretty good in the shin.
Thanks!

Nancy said...

AHHHHHHHH.... so sweet.

Diana Mcc. said...

In the circle of life birth is by far the best part! Love the pictures.

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Nancy and Diana!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Beautiful little calf, Paty! Glad all went well with the birth.

danita cahill said...

Such a cute little calf. Glad it all went well. I want to see pics of the longhorn!