Monthly Archives: April 2018

7th calf 2018

Went up to check on the dairy girls Tuesday afternoon after feeding the calves, and saw Sarge like this:

Of course, Tangerine had to be right there, blocking my view…πŸ™„

LilRed was interested for a bit (above), and below you can see Gluey laying in the background…πŸ™„

Sarge decided to lay down right next to Gluey, so Mike & I decided to hang around and watch…

Thankfully, we kept Coco down by the milking barn this morning. She was in standing heat again, and after the fiasco from her last heat, we decided we’d keep her away from the herd since we knew Sarge was close to calving. Sooooo glad we did that! {Click here to read about that crazy day.}

I love how curious our girls get when Mike sits down near them…😍

Now Tangerine wants a front row seat, too…πŸ™„

These next pics happened really quickly, so I didn’t get to capture everything. All I know is all of a sudden, Sarge got up and circled around swinging a calf that was still partially inside her… Mike jumped up to run in the field so he could pull if necessary, and/or keep the other two cows from stepping on the newborn calf…😬

You can see them watching/wondering why Mike was running into the field, lol…πŸ˜‚

Phew. All worked out fine!πŸ‘πŸΌ

Mike kept Gluey and Tangerine away for a little bit so it didn’t get too crazy…πŸ‘πŸΌ

And then the girls all made their rounds to meet Sarge’s bull calf. His name is Harry, and he is Sarge’s 3rd calf for us. (His name holds a double meaning. It goes hand-in-hand with Lloyd, our 3rd calf of this yearπŸ˜‚, and he is the last calf from our Hereford bull named Harry, so he’s named after his dad.πŸ˜‰)

[Click here to read about Sarge’s calf from last year.]

[Click here to read about when Sarge was born.]

We decided to leave Harry with Sarge overnight and bring him down in the morning with the herd for milking.

Here we are approaching the field early this morning. Harry is between Gluey and Sarge…πŸ™„

Due to the hazardous walking conditions from so much mud, we decided it would be safer to not put the halter on Harry up here. These guys tend to walk quicker than we can in this mess, so it could have been hard for us to keep up with them without slipping/falling/whatever.πŸ€•πŸ˜¬

He made it out like a champ and wove in and out of the electric fence without issue. As we neared the barn, Mike was able to get the halter on him to lead him into the barn.πŸ‘πŸΌ

So that’s all the calves for 2018! Final tally is 4 girls and 3 boys.πŸ‘πŸΌ

We are so grateful we didn’t have any emergency vet calls this year, and that all our mamas cleaned on their own. Praise the Lord!πŸ˜‡

Lord willing, this will be the year I’m able to be more consistent with blog posts about things going on around here…time will tell!πŸ™πŸΌβ˜ΊοΈ