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And just like that: weโ€™re done calving for 2019!

2:25PM 5-2-19

I got this txt from Mike. This is Ruby – the last of our 3 heifers to calve… We knew her calf would be born within a few hours, just didn’t know if she would require assistance or not. Needed to watch and wait…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

2:51PM 5-2-19

I finished up what I was working on and headed up to the field to get a couple pictures for myself. She had progressed a little – you can see feet sticking out! But she was hungry, so she just kept eating, lol.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

4:30PM 5-2-19

Ruby was laying down and beginning to push.

We waited around/watched for the next 40 minutes or so. Got to listen to a lot of grass chewing, lol…

5:02PM 5-2-19

Ruby continued to make progress…

And she didn’t want Mike to help speed things up! The other 2 heifers: Peggy & Nat, came over to throw some interference, lol…๐Ÿ˜‚

As I’m taking pictures and videos of all this with Ruby, all of a sudden I hear a weird noise behind me. I turn around to seeing Gluey laying on the ground and pushing for a few seconds and then she popped up and started eating again. I asked Mike if he thought maybe Gluey was going to have her calf today, too?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Time would tell…

5:10PM 5-2-19

Decided that since Ruby didn’t appear to be in distress, we would head down to get a drink and come back up in a half hour or so.

5:43PM 5-2-19

Found BOTH Gluey AND Ruby with calves, lololol…๐Ÿ˜†

Wow. So funny how some labors take hours and others just minutes!๐Ÿ˜ฒ We could tell a rain shower was headed our way, so we decided to let the mamas clean their babies up, grab a quick sandwich from town, and then come back up to assess the situation after the rain rolled through.

It’s a boy! This is Ruby’s first calf for us. [Click here to read about when Ruby was born.] His name is Boy-o. A name from a movie my boys have memorized lines from. Kind of fun to attach it to a calf now, lol.๐Ÿ˜‚

This is Gluey’s 9th calf for us – her 5th boy. [Click here to read about her calf last year.] Gluey is always cracking us up because she kinda looks like a cartoon cow – sorta clownish.๐Ÿคฃ We’ve often said she reminds us of Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars… Therefore, we’ve named this boy: Jarjar.๐Ÿ˜Ž

7:16PM 5-2-19

The rain was done & we had eaten, so we headed back up to check things out on the hill.

Both calves were pretty cleaned up, and it looked like they either had already eaten or were in the process of eating.

If you listen closely toward the end of the video, you can actually hear him sucking!โค๏ธ

We toyed with the idea of trying to get everybody down to the barn, but with only about an hour left of daylight, it would have meant that everyone would have needed to cooperate 100%. That was not happening, lol.๐Ÿ™„

After much prayer and deliberation, we decided to allow the boys to stay with their moms for the night. With the sun going down quickly and our bodies feeling weary, we felt it would be better to bring everybody down in the morning instead. This concept is scary for us control-freak-types…๐Ÿ˜ฌ In this field, the herd is contained in just a single wire of electric, and there is no perimeter fence around the edges.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

7:49PM 5-2-19

Mike decided to add some kelp and DE to the girls’ mineral feeder in hopes of diverting their attention from the two new additions. Perhaps then the calves could bond more with their mamas in peace.๐Ÿ˜‰

First Mike allowed Peggy to try some to see if it would entice her to get more. It worked! Didn’t take long for others to follow her.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Of course, extra attention was needed, too…๐Ÿ˜

It was such a beautiful evening.โค๏ธ

6:29AM 5-3-19

Sure enough – BOTH calves were on the WRONG SIDE of the fence when we got up there this morning, lol.๐Ÿ™„ We don’t think it had been for too long, though. They were quite happy to be laying together. Sure did have all the moms in a tizzy in the corner!๐Ÿคฃ

Boy-o and Jarjar were good about letting Mike & I get halters on them. That made it easy to get them back in with their moms.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Next we wanted to start walking everybody down to the barn as usual. This is when we realized it would be nice to have an extra set of hands to help. Fortunately, Michael hadn’t left for work yet, and was able to join us for this fun.๐Ÿ˜‰

Mike had Boy-o, and they started walking with Ruby the direction we wanted. Gluey wanted to follow, but it took a bit for her to convince Jarjar to join her…

Amidst this drama, Ruby ended up leaving Boy-o and coming back to meet up with me, Gluey, & Jarjar.๐Ÿ™„ Mike was able to walk Boy-o to a fencepost and tied him there until we could get back to him.

Then Mike took Jarjar from me, and walked him with Gluey & Ruby toward the barn. At this point, BOTH mamas thought Jarjar was their calf, lol.๐Ÿ™„

Michael & I were ahead of them and walked the remainder of the herd down to the barn.

Once we got them in the barn, Michael headed back out to join Mike with Boy-o and his two mamas.๐Ÿ˜†

It wasn’t long, and Boy-o was really losing his steam, so Michael volunteered to carry him the rest of the way down the runway. Mike was overjoyed to allow Michael to do that!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

We were so grateful for Michael’s help this morning! What a blessing that Don’s Custom Meats is so close to our home, so he wasn’t too late getting into work.โค๏ธ

Mike was then able to walk Jarjar to his stall in the barn.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Next, Mike & I headed back up to where Boy-o was waiting. He basically informed us he was DONE walking, lol.๐Ÿ™„

Mike prepped the 4-wheeler for the trek down the runway…

He scooped up Boy-o and loaded him up. This is the pose I get when I’m supposed to be driving, but turn to take a QUICK picture, lol…๐Ÿ˜ (Have I mentioned lately, that I LOVE this man? How in the world he can even put up with me, I will never understand…โ˜บ๏ธ)

Unlike Clint, Boy-o hardly moved at all in the drive down. It was a much more comfortable walk for Mike down the hill.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Mission accomplished! All the dairy girls were in the barn, and both calves made it to their pens. THANK YOU, LORD.โœ๏ธ

We were also grateful that they both ate today. Sometimes, when they’ve been with their mamas for a decent spell, they aren’t interested in eating from a bottle for awhile. But these guys drained their bottles. ANOTHER PRAISE!โœ๏ธ

11:55PM 5-3-19

Phew. What a long two days. I don’t think it’s ever taken me so long to write a blog post and get it uploaded!

Final tally for 2019 is 5 boys and 3 girls.โค๏ธ

What a season this has been, Lord. We’ve already learned many new lessons, and we know more are coming. We thank You for how You lead and teach us, and even how you gently correct us. We continue to seek Your Wisdom now as we move forward. With the Psalmist, we pray: May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – YES, establish the work of our hands! Amen (Psalm 90:17)

6th calf 2019

Hooray! 2nd heifer had her calf unassisted and waiting for us to find this morning…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

This is Natasha with her first calf. [Click here to read about when Nat was born.] Since Natasha’s name originally came from the superhero Black Widow (think: Marvel-Avengers) AND since this week is the debut of another one of those movies, we decided to stay along those lines, and this bull calf’s name is Clint (think Hawkeye, lol๐Ÿน๐Ÿ˜‚).

Neither Nat nor Clint minded Mike walking over & putting the halter on Clint.

Nat & Clint walked together for a few minutes, and then Nat completely abandoned her calf and left to go get a drink.๐Ÿ™„

Mike tied Clint’s halter near the gate so we could figure out how to get Nat back…

No worries, though, Clint had the yearlings on the other side of the fence to make him feel welcome…๐Ÿ˜‰

There is Nat all the way back at the waterer…๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Mike headed back to attempt to usher Nat back toward Clint and out the gate…

She did come back the direction we wanted her to…BUT she passed up Clint, went through the gate, and made a beeline to the barn.๐Ÿ™„

Soooo. We adjusted our plan. Mike hurried to escort Nat down to the barn, and I stayed and babysat Clint until Mike could get back.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Gave me lots of time to get some pictures on this glorious morning!โœ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

Once Mike returned, he did his best to convince Clint that he should WANT TO walk down to the barn…

It did work, but only for a little jaunt. Even the yearlings tried to encourage him by walking along the inside of the fence!๐Ÿ˜‚ But Clint just wouldn’t have any more walking.๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ

So we stopped, prayed, and the Lord enabled Mike to lift Clint onto the back of the four-wheeler. No pics of that process, or my husband would have been very frustrated with me, lol.๐Ÿ˜† It was a bit of a stressful drive down to the barn with a wiggly calf & Mike’s awkward holding positions. Mike’s top half was holding Clint down on the bed, while his feet walked and I drove 5mph+/- down to the barn. Had to stop several times, but we did make it to our destination in one piece. PRAISE THE LORD!โœ๏ธ

I got a pen opened up in the barn, and Mike then carried Clint into the pen. He was NOT light… Mike will no doubt feel the effects of this experience for the next few days.๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

It wasn’t too bad getting Nat in to milk for the first time, and she gave us a nice amount of food for Clint.๐Ÿผ

Later in the afternoon, we decided it would be wise to get the last 2 mamas, and bring them into the same field with the other milkers. Mike got the fences ready, and we headed up to get veteran Gluey and last-bred-heifer Ruby. Thankfully, everything went smoothly.โค๏ธ

We will be glad when the last two calves finally arrive. It will be nice to settle into more of a “set” daily routine. Calving season is exciting and fun, but not without its challenges!๐Ÿ˜‰

Tally is now even – 3 boys and 3 girls.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

5th calf 2019

We were so pleased to see that Peggy (the first of the three heifers who are bred for this season), had delivered her first calf without any assistance and it was all cleaned up when we arrived in the field this morning! And how fun that it was so colorful!โค๏ธ [Click here to read about when Peggy was born.]

It’s a boy! We’ve named him Steve. (Figured since his mama’s name came from the Captain America movie, his name should, too, lol.๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Neither Steve, nor Peggy minded Mike getting the halter on him, and he walked at a nice pace all the way down to the barn.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

It was a long morning, but a good one. Once we finally got Peggy in a headlock in the barn, we were able to get her milked just fine. Thank You, Lord!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Should be three calves left to come: two more from first-time heifers, and one from veteran mama, Gluey.๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ

Tally now is 3 girls and 2 boys.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

4th calf 2019

Found our 4th calf when we went up to check on the herd this morning. Meet Ginger! Her mama is Sarge, and she’s the same shade of red as her with a splattering of white in several spots.

This is the fourth calf that Sarge has had for us. Lord willing, Sarge’s first calf, Natasha from 2016, will be having a calf this season, too.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

[Click here to read about the calf Sarge had last year.]

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

When Mike arrived with the halter, Ginger was fine until the last second. That’s when she bolted toward ME – the one who’s terrified of animals!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚ But the Lord had me covered with the prayers leading up to today. His strength enabled me to tackle Ginger and hold her until Mike got to me.โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Otherwise, we’d probably STILL be running around trying to catch her, lol!โ˜บ๏ธ

Sarge had only one thing on her mind – to get down to the barn. She didn’t seem to care much about waiting for Ginger to keep up. But to Ginger’s credit, she made an excellent effort to stay close! Mike had quite a brisk walk/run most of the way down to the barn. Our bodies felt the workout this morning!๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿผ

Tally now is 3 girls and 1 boy. Lord willing, we should have 4 more arriving within the next few weeks.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

3rd calf 2019

Meet Amber! Was a delight to find her with her mama, Bubby, this morning. This is her 5th calf for us, and she is Paul’s cow.โ˜บ๏ธ

It was a beautiful, warm day to find a calf.โค๏ธ [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Bubby was born.]

She’s a tiny little cutie. AND NOT ALL WHITE like our first 2 calves, lol. Amber is a beautiful shade of red/brown. She had a lot of spunky energy & made the trip down to the barn with no problems.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

Count is now 2 girls, and 1 boy. Lord willing, we have 5 more calves to go.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

FINALLY – 2nd calf 2019

After over a two week wait, we finally have another calf!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

(We did have one two days after Angel was born, but he was born prematurely, and didn’t survive. We were sad he didn’t make it, but grateful that his mom, Coco, is doing aok.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ)

Events like that can make waiting for the next calf feel even longer… So today, I was really excited to see some activity with the dairy girls when I went up to check on them mid-day. There was a group growing around a wooded patch, so I went to investigate…๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ ๏ฟผ

As I got closer, I thought I could see a white form through the brush with LilRed…

Yep. Sure enough. A calf in the briars!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚ I was pretty sure it was a boy, but decided to wait until Mike got back home to get any more adventurous. This would then give LilRed more time to get it cleaned up and perhaps moved into a better area.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

After coffee break, Mike & I headed back up to the field to check things out. Yep – it’s a boy! Meet Frosty. He is LilRed’s third calf for us. [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when LilRed was born.] Frosty was very spunky, and full of energy. He is also pretty large, with long, lanky legs. Mike was grateful he didn’t have to carry him! Just like his big sister, he walked all the way down to the barn with his mama. Thank You, Lord!โœ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

It’s always fun to see how curious everyone is when a new addition parades by their field…๐Ÿ˜†

We moved Angel next door earlier this week, so we don’t have them side-by-side to compare their sizes. As long as Frosty eats well again tomorrow, we’ll probably take him over to join her this weekend. They will have fun running around together!โค๏ธ

Here are some pics from when we moved Angel. She pretty much ran in circles all the way over, lol. I was glad Mike was holding her on the halter and not me!๐Ÿ˜‚

One thing is for sure – Angel is VERY photogenic!โค๏ธ

Both Angel & Frosty have moms who are half shorthorn. We’re excited to see if the calves born to the ones who have less or no shorthorn in them will look the same as these two.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ If not, we may have a hard time telling everyone apart this year!๐Ÿ˜‰

Lord willing, we are expecting 6 more calves…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Current count is: 1 girl, 1 boy.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ