I looked out my window this morning for my usual cow check (you know- to make sure they’re in the fence, not out of it, and for any extras) and I saw extra little legs! So I hurried to throw on some warmer clothes and ran outside to see!
Norma had a little heifer calf. She was VERY new- I should’ve gotten up half an hour earlier! She was up on very wobbly legs and still pretty damp- and shivering. What a cold welcome to this new world! At least the sun was coming up. She did frisk just a bit on those baby legs. Then she went to lay down in the hay, and I put a fleece vest on her and fluffed up a nest around her. She napped for a while, and I gave Norma some water and beet pulp with molasses.
Now that things are settling down a bit (and she isn’t shivering anymore) I took the time to get my camera.
Here she is!
She’s a dexter lowline cross. Her half sister was born exactly 3 weeks ago- her momma, Eleanor (“Lannie”) went to live at the neighbor’s last fall. I was hoping for a bull calf since this is supposed to be our beef in 2 years. I’m also planning to get a dexter bull (for breeding and next year’s beef) in the next couple weeks, and would prefer to NOT have a young heifer around next spring, but we’ll deal with it when we get there.
And with her momma (Norma- who will turn 4 in June)
And here’s the proud new great aunt, Ellie Mae (Norma’s Aunt), who is now 13 years old
And the proud new aunt/second cousin, Cranberry (Norma’s half sister/ cousin, now 16 months old)
(If that’s confusing relations- Norma and Cranberry share a sire- Hollofield Ian. Norma’s mother is full sister to Ellie Mae. Ellie Mae is Cranberry’s momma. Got it?)
I didn’t expect a calf this morning, as I figured Norma’s udder would look bigger. Not that I want to deal with a pendulous udder- I’m quite happy with it, and it is full. Here’s that back shot. Hope she decides to be nice to me when I start milking…
Now to search for a name!