And sometimes that is all you can do. Just sit back, say a little prayer and hope for a miracle.
Many of you will remember my Zebu cow Beauty. For those of you that don't she is a beautiful slate gray African Zebu. She has a massive set of horns that are about 18inches long and gracefully arch straight out from the top of her head towards the sky. I rescued her from the auction many years ago from a roping group and she was in horrible shape. So scared that when approached she would back into the corner and wet herself. It took many months of constant patience and work to get her to trust me but I healed her body and her mind as much as was possible. To this day she still hates men.
She has been the ideal field cow. Breeding with ease and delivering always on her own and raising beautiful calves every year. Always having heifers. She has protected the field against all dangers and even will pick up a slower moving calf with her horns carrying it to safety. She is not a milk cow, but on the occasion when she has needed a little release until her calf is old enough to take all she has to offer allows me to sit on my stool in the field and relieve the pressure on her bag. Then about 5 years ago she stopped breeding. I waited......After a couple of years people would say you need to either sell her or butcher her as all she is doing is eating! With her protective instincts towards her herd she earned the right to stay.
Well about 2 weeks ago I noticed her bag getting bigger and have kept a close eye on her. Today her bag is really starting to fill and she is getting sloppy in the back end. Yes, she is pregnant. I know all the possibilities that can happen with a 14 year old cow that hasn't calved in 5 years. I will be keeping a very close eye on her but for now all I can do is sit back and wait and pray for a miracle for my Beauty.
Last Edit: Feb 9, 2019 23:14:30 GMT -5 by briarrose
Post by Nonesuch Melissa on Feb 6, 2019 23:06:28 GMT -5
Hoping for a good outcome for Beauty.
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Thank you all so much! I am just an old mother hen that probably does worry to much. I don't even care what sex the baby is, just that both mum and baby come away healthy. She is bred to Tiny, which is one of Squeeky's sons as I had to have Squeeky put down a couple of years ago. It's been a couple of really rocky years but I feel really good about how things are starting to come back together for me.
Big Moo & Heidi (dexter cows), Little Moo (dexter steer), Jack (lowline steer), Ziggy (lowline x dexter steer), Flora (lowline cow), Jaffa & Scully (dexter x red angus cows), Io (lowline x jersey heifer) & Reilly (dexter x jersey steer) . About 18 sheep (dorper and awassi x white dorper), four cats (Sarge, Dusky, Hoot & Possum), Alvin & Poppy the Amazing Maremmas, 40-odd chooks and three geese.
Praying for an uneventful birthing and a healthy robust calf!! Good weather too :-)
Julie wife, mom to 3 wonderful ( now adult) kids :-)
Currently Cow-less for the first time in 11 years RIP-- Rose-Jersey RIP-- Abby - Jersey Rosie-- Jersey past family cow Lily -- Angus / Jersey past family cow 2 appaloosas- Candy, Sierra 2 dogs--Tess, Sunny a herd of 22 Boer goats a variety of chickens 3500+ pigs in our care at any given time. 1 house/outside cat-Shane
Think positively. She had a five year break to build up a strong body, has calved before and did well so all the parts should be in good mechanical order. I have the feeling she'll do just fine. Any chance you can take a picture of her carrying a calf? That would be exciting to see.
Whoo Hoo! We have a baby! It is alert, and appears to be healthy and trying to stand. It is brown! Don't know the sex yet and really don't care. She is cleaning for all she is worth and poking at it every now and again trying to get it onto its feet. She calved in the big field barn and all the other cows are circled around her watching. She really doesn't like me there when she is birthing so I just did a quick look see and left her to do her thing.
The weather is looking ugly for the next week or so but she is a really good mum. I will take a bit of bedding down a little later. She will normally keep baby in the shelter for about a week or so if the weather is bad.
As for pictures of her when she is pregnant, she really doesn't look any different than when she is not. She is a deep full bodied cow so never really shows much. I will get pics of her and baby tomorrow once she settles. I will also know the sex by then.
Thank you every one for cheering her on with prayers and well wishes. I am so happy that every thing seems fine.
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