Monday, March 9, 2009

It's A Girl

Yesturday started calving season here on the farm. Our first calf of the season is a girl (she's called a 'heifer' in cattle lingo). She is the first calf that the guys have actually gotten to witness being born....we've always seem to just miss all the other ones being born in the past.

Meet our new addition.

The little lady is just a day old sitting and sleeping in the corner trying to stay out of the way. They sleep a lot just like human babies do. This time is about the only time you can go up to it and pet it because in a few weeks it will be runing all over the place and it will be hard to catch. It's surprising how fast they can run for being so little.
Our only goat (it's a pigmy) is eating hay-- always thinking it's better on the other side of the fence. Now he has someone his own size again.

Mom came over to check things out and to make sure her calf was still OK since we were all close by watching it. This is her first calf.

The guys had to section off some of the barn to make a 'nursery' so the little one doesn't get trampled because it's still a bit to soon to put everyone back onto pasture. The black cow (the one in the bottom right corner) is looking like she will be giving birth very soon so she was moved into the nursery today in preparation.
I don't know if you can see him or not but if you look in the background behind the fence, you can see our Angus bull (he has horns) munching on some hay.....he's the father.

As mom was over checking out her calf, she starting munching on some hay. She was a bit of a sloppy eater with more falling out of the mouth than what made it in... so the calf got buried in the process.

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