Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jersey Plus Shorthorn Equals....

I am smart and I know it.
I was loose in the barn this morning and gave the boss lady quite a run for her money.

We have been waiting more than patiently for Liz's Jersey, Moments to calve. She is the one who aborted her baby last year at this time when hunters were harassing the heifers. We sold Hillbilly, the other animal affected by the affair, but nobody had the heart to part with Moments...even those among us who prefer the black-and-white cow or the milking shorthorn to the little brown cow. In order to get her bred back as quickly as possible she was serviced to our shorthorn bull. She started looking as if she was going to pop any second now about two weeks ago. That is kind of a Jersey thing...they always seem to do that. We kept her up in the barn and barnyard and watched....and watched....and watched....


Not sure what to think about all this

Liz stayed up all night with her on Tuesday. I ran to the barn far more often than was convenient yesterday.

No calf.

Then last night right after milking she got down to business and popped out a little girl in just a little more time than it took to tell the story. She is quite an interesting color as you can see. Except for a dished Jersey face and a black nose she looks a lot like a shorthorn.


First milking with the machine.
Moments was a very good girl about it. Liz hand milked her last night
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12 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Beautiful.Just beautiful.

Dani said...

Awwww, what a sweet pea!

DayPhoto said...

She is beautiful! And she is in the barn and not the field so that is even better.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Woodswalker said...

Congratulations on the new baby. And also the return of the prodigal cat. Hope all are happy and well.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Gorgeous calf!

threecollie said...

FC, thanks!

Dani, thanks, smart too

Linda, yes, she is right by her mama

WW, thank you so much. We are delighted with the baby and busy rehabbing the cat

Nita, thanks! I love her color, like a shiny horse chestnut. Can't wait to hear what they decide to name her

CTG Ponies said...

What a cutie! Congrats.

akaGaGa said...

A pretty new calf and Elvis is back. Things are turning around! :)

joated said...

I love the pictures of the little ones! And this one is really, really a cutie!

threecollie said...

CTG, thanks, she is smart like a shorty too, and I am grateful

AKA, I sure hope so!

Joated, thanks, I think so too and have her pic as my desktop background. lol

Cathy said...

Awww . . I think she's gorgeous. Only if you get a moment I'm wondering why Liz 'hand milked' her?

threecollie said...

Cathy, thanks! She gets cuter every day. We often hand milk the first milking as we only need half a gallon or less for the calf...less for this baby as she is so small. And we milk very conservatively the first few milkings so as not to tip them over the edge into hypocalcemia or milk fever before they get all their systems on go. Moments is a sweet little girl and was good to milk even though it was her first time.