2nd calf 2020

 

Found this guy with his mama during our morning calf check.❀️

Peggy calving again for us wasn’t actually a part of our plan…πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Last year she had her first calf, but she didn’t make the cut to stay in our dairy herd. [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Peggy was born.]

BUT – when you are sorting cows when the bull is in with the herd, and it takes a little longer than you thought it would – there’s always that slight chance…πŸ™„

We noticed Peggy bagging up a couple weeks ago, so we knew then that she had gotten bred.πŸ˜‚ No worries, though, a healthy calf that arrives unassisted is always a blessing!❀️

This pic is fun because it features Peggy’s first calf on the left – Steve. He was pretty curious about his new little brother. Continuing the Captain America themed names for this family group, this new bull calf has been named Bucky.πŸ˜†

Since Bucky was eating, we decided to leave them together for breakfast, and come up after milking and feeding round bales to the two groups of cows.πŸ‘πŸΌ

Plan was working well until Mike happened upon an “extra” calf in Mordor…😯 He knew it wasn’t one of ours as it was too large to be a newborn, and it was all black.

A neighbor’s calf had gotten on our side of the fence, and Mike could see and hear its mama crying in the distance.πŸ€”

You can see our dairy girls didn’t seem phased by any of this, lol.πŸ˜‰

Fixing this now became our next order of business.πŸ˜‰

I was to make sure the mama and the rest of the herd didn’t make a run toward the open gate while Mike went behind the calf and herded him toward the gate. Thankfully, it worked!πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Mike thinks he found a low spot in the woods by a creek where the calf may have gone under the fence. He’ll probably attach a cattle panel to patch it up as we move forward.πŸ‘πŸΌ

Next up: bringing down Bucky. The timing was perfect because he was sound asleep!😴

Mike was able to slip the halter on him before he even got up.πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

Peggy escorted Bucky to the gate, and we were pleasantly surprised that he followed Mike as far as he did outside of the gate. Then Mike loaded him on the 4-wheeler for the remainder of the trip.πŸ’ͺ🏼

Made it to the barn, safe and sound!πŸ˜„

Roni seemed pretty happy to have a new neighbor…πŸ˜‰

Tally now is one girl, one boy. Lord willing, 6 more to go…πŸ™πŸΌ

4 thoughts on “2nd calf 2020

  1. Mark Cegelka

    What a blessed day considering the alternatives that could have happened. Off to a good start! As always, great work Mike and Dawn! πŸ˜ƒ

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