Mike found Sarge with her new calf this afternoon, and we had quite the cow-drama getting them down to the barn.😬
Mike came down to the barn to set up another calf pen and finished feeding round bales before we went up to bring down Sarge and her calf. We weren’t expecting to find Nat trying to steal the calf from Sarge.🙄 Nat is actually Sarge’s first calf from 2016. [Click here to read about her story.] Nat is due to have her own calf soon, so she must have thought she already had it, LOL.🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ She was very aggressive (no one got hurt, but she was running around like a crazy mama), and so-much-so that Sarge pretty much gave up trying to take charge of her own calf. Ugh.😡
Poor calf was pretty confused. She wouldn’t walk with Nat, and Sarge went back to eat…so I walked all the way back to the 4-wheeler to give her a lift. (Of course – the ONE time you DON’T bring the 4-wheeler in with you…😆)
Anyways – through all this, for some reason the childhood story of Heidi popped into my mind…an orphaned little girl raised by extended family up on a mountain… (I know, I know – no mountains here, but my legs felt like they had hiked up one after so much walking through pockets of mud.😖👵🏼) I mentioned the name to Mike. He politely agreed, and there you have it: Heidi.😂
Not too many pictures of all this craziness, as I was afraid I’d drop my phone during my quest for remaining balanced.
Next we tied Heidi to a post outside of Mordor and then headed back in to get Sarge.
Once we got back to Sarge, she proceeded to zig zag us through the field. Thankfully, we were able to eventually guide her through the gate.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 HOWEVER. She never even stopped to reunite with her calf.😳
So for the first time, I herded a mama cow down to the barn on the 4-wheeler, while Mike waited with Heidi for me to return.🙃
Once Sarge was in the barnyard, I closed the gate and headed back to Mike & Heidi.👍🏼
All went well, and after we milked Sarge, Heidi enjoyed her bottle. Mission accomplished. Thank You, Lord!❤️
New tally: two girls and one boy. Lord willing, 5 more to come.🙏🏼