Friday, April 06, 2012
Friday Farm Fun - How to milk a Longhorn
Well the longhorn heifer had her calf on Wednesday. It was a bull calf, about twenty pounds. Yep, he's a small one. My hubby named him Half Pint. When he acted weak as if he wasn't getting milk, my husband ran the heifer in the squeeze chute to milk her. Turns out she's a lot tamer than we thought. She stood and allowed him to move her legs around so he could milk into a can. We then put the milk in a bottle and fed the calf. Hubby then milked her some more and I fed Half Pint this morning.
That was a spine tingling experience. While my husband said and I noticed the heifer appeared tame, it's another thing to be bent over feeding the calf and have her come up and sniff you. She even licked my hand as I held the calf's chin while he sucked on the bottle. The scary part is she doesn't realize her horns stick out. The closer her nose came to me the closer the point of her horn came to my face. While she appeared just curious, if she swung her head, I'd be gored by one of her horns.
After feeding Half Pint, I carried him out into the sun and then retrieved him when the sun went away and popcorn snow started falling. Thursday night my husband looped a rope around the heifer's neck, made a halter from the rope and tied her to a post. Then he pushed the calf up to sucked since the heifer would walk away when the calf walked toward her udder. After the calf finished, my husband milked her some more for me to feed the calf in the morning again.
Not all calving is this time intensive but when my hubby brings home "good deals" it's a pretty good bet, it means more work!