Friday, October 11, 2013

Fluttery Friday



The things you see on farm walks......



In the barn til well after nine last night. Sent Liz home early to get some rest. The rest of us chopped hay or fed hay or milked cows or delivered Broadway's great big bull calf, depending on our various abilities. 

Sorry about quality, taken with phone almost at dark

Can't tell you how amazing I find those milking shorthorns. Huge calf, hard birth because of it. Lungs full of fluid when born. We laid him head down on the edge of the hay pack for a few minutes and cleaned his nose and mouth with paper towels and hay, while mama licked his fanny and mooed sweet nothings at him.

Literally ten minutes later he was standing, and by the time the men had the wagon filled for the other cows he was following her around. This amazing hardiness is probably why our herd is slowly, but surely, turning red. Have a good one.

7 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

Congrats on the new calf!

Cathy said...

Awww . . glad the birthing went ok.
I got the same back-lit butterfly shot yesterday :)
I'm thinking the dragonfly is a Wandering Glider. They actually migrate.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Congrats! What a relief when they finally get here and start walking around!

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Congrats! What a relief when they finally get here and start walking around!

thepoodleanddogblog said...

Amazing. Does it ever just get routine to birth a new calf?
Glad this one went well, we were concerned.

threecollie said...

Rev. Paul, thanks!

Cathy, me too! Thank you for the ID. I do not know my butterflies very far beyond cabbage whites and monarchs.

Nita, I have been so worried! He is a moose!

Jan, so far it hasn't for me, and I have been doing it since I was in my mid twenties. First so much can go wrong...so much responsibility. And second, I do really love cows, and new calves are filled with so much promise and wonder. They are all very exciting to us.

Terry and Linda said...

YAY! A good birth!

Linda
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