Monsoon like rain and gale force wind. Then as the sun sets, the winds die down and the rain eases to a sprinkle, I hear my Poppy cow calling to me. I head to her barn with light in hand and see 2 sets of eyes, one tall and one small. She has had her calf and it is time for me to step up and help him have his first meal. You see, this has always been my job to make sure the babies always nurse right away and get that first full tummy. I will be required to do this for the next few days to make sure the babies have the best start possible.
As I kneel down next to her and lead the calf to teat, she lovingly cleans and coos in her softest mommy voice to give him encouragement. He quickly latches on and proceeds to fill his empty tummy. Once he fills up he will lay in her hay pile and take a nap as she finishes her dinner. Then I stand for a moment petting her soft neck and telling her what a good mommy cow she is. As I turn to come back to the house she gently reaches up and licks my cheek and my hair mooing softly to me. I give her one more pat and assure her I will return to check on them but her head is already back down in her hay checking her new baby.
As I head to the house, I can't help but smile and think to myself that no matter how bad life may seem at times these are those precious moments that make life worth living.
Aww... so sweet. Thank you for the reminder to notice and enjoy those sweet and special moments...
The Re-Treat Farm Ronnie, my love of 36 yrs - 2 grown kids Pete the cow dog, Casey, up and coming cow dog cats - Molly, Buck Kitty horse: Rex - mules: Deetz, Darlene, Mick Jersey - Bess Jersey/Normande - Daisy Jersey/Corriente - Gretchen various chickens, calves, occasional turkeys, pigs
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
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Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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Sept 15, 2020 14:31:42 GMT -5
guernseygirl: Can someone let me know if my pictures are showing up in the Auction Barn post? There should be 5 photos
Sept 20, 2020 20:58:54 GMT -5
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