Saturday, April 29, 2006


it's 2 am and the cow has started giving birth. it seems that i'll be up the rest of the night.

a jersey bull born about an hour ago. the calf isn't up yet but nimue seems like a good mama licking him and mooing little soft moos at him. they are getting aquainted. it is raining and 55 degrees. i'd be happier if he'd get up and start sucking. the after birth hasn't been delivered yet but things are progressing.
nimue looks alot skinnier and her bag is huge and swollen.


Danielle said...

I just read Tabitha's site first! Congratulations! Update with pics as soon as possible.

Anonymous said...

Watching a calving is an amazing experience. Glad all went smoothly. The calf looks like a winner.


Danielle said...

I was talking with Joe about the calf and he said he has read that you are supposed to sepereate the mother and calf. A couple reasons being that the mom will not be so protective and therefore aggressive if they are seperated and the baby calf will learn that you are the source for it's food. If you leave them together the mother will be very protective of her calf against you and your family and the baby calf will drink and drink and drink. I don't know your philosophy on this subject but it might make milking time easier if they are seperated. What have you read or your thoughts?

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