Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's Calving Time Again!

This is a post from last January, but I thought it good enough to bring back since it is almost that time again.  We are anxiously waiting for our second generation herd to make its appearance. While we are waiting, it's a good time to review what happened last year.  ~ ENJOY!

P.S.  The calf you will meet toward the end of this post, Smokey, is going to be Miss Bear's Show steer for this year's fair!  This is what he looks like today!



Way back in April we introduced Bubba to our eight Heifer calves, and I bet you all have been wondering just how long it takes from the big date until a heifer/cow has her calf, right?  Well, the wait is over!  How long is the gestation of a heifer/cow?  274 days, give or take.


 How Long Does It Take for a Cow to have a Calf?

So what happens on the farm when we start a herd of cattle?  It's pretty much like a human pregnancy in that there is a lot of waiting and uncertainty unless you go fancy and high tech.  It does start with a visit to or in this case by the doctor to confirm that each heifer (These ladies have never had a calf, so they get to be called heifers until their first calving.) is pregnant with a viable calf.  On July 6, we had a vet team from Purdue come out to the farm for a "preg check."  Kind of like our first visit to the obgyn doctor to get the official ultra sound and particulars. 


This team was an all-girl team, which I thought was very impressive!



I'm not so sure Miss 04003 thought this was as interesting as the rest of us on her other end found it!


PSA:  Whenever you see a cow's ears go back like this, I pray there is a wall between you and it, or you had best find one quick and scramble over to the other side ASAP!




LOVE this sign!  I'm quite certain that honked off heifers and protective mommas can do it in 8!


Sorry about the glare, but the vets and techs used an ultrasound machine to see the size and position of each calf in the womb. Look in the upper half of the screen to see it.




Now we cut to January 23....Cow #14 had to wait a a week past her due date predicted by the vet, to have our first calf!   (Can this momma get a few sympathy votes for going a week past her due date?????)

Here's Smokey:



While we didn't pass out cigars, this little dude's picture hit the social media waves and family text messages!  Smokey is the first calf born on this farm in over ten years.  Woo!

Now the watch is on for the rest of our new mommas to finish their journey.  Baby Calf #2 joined us this morning.




We separate each calf and momma pair off from the rest of the heard for at least a day so they can have some bonding time and figure out the whole nursing thing without any distractions from the "Aunties in waiting."

Smokey is out and about now getting oodles of attention from his momma and the rest of those Aunties



Stay tuned for more pics from the nursery as our new calves make their arrivals.  Any questions about these babies?  Leave them in the comment section!


Until next time Peeps,
Have a wonderful day,
and go make a positive difference 
in someone's life!



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