Friday, February 07, 2014

Secrets


I try to be quiet when I do early morning barn check. The girls are all lying down, many of them sleeping and I hate to disturb them.

The barn is so different in the hours before dawn. Mysterious rustles, soft grunting and puffing as the cows chew their cud, none of the usual hustle and bustle and noisy talk and machinery running.. 

No calves this morning, although Bailey is standing and looking uncomfortable. Poor old thing. If she doesn't calve pretty soon we will have to induce her labor. She is 11 and doesn't need a hard calving at her age. The bull she is bred to has thrown some awfully big calves and she is four days overdue.

I feed the springers and fresh cows a little hay and go back to the house to wait for the rest of the world to wake up, leaving the cows to the secrets of the night.

7 comments:

Ed said...

I find mornings when its all quiet to be the best times..:-)

Ed said...

I find mornings when its all quiet to be the best times..:-)

The Milk Maid said...

I hope Bailey does ok, I remember when some of our girls went over and the very large calves. Good luck to her!

Cathy said...

I know it's an everyday experience there at Northview . . but your description of the soft, quiet morning . . among those warm beings. . . wow.

Terry and Linda said...

Shhhhhhhhhh all is silent just waiting. SHHHHHHHHHH

Linda
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The Milk Maid said...

I hope Bailey does ok. I know how it is when the girls go over and when they have large calves. Good luck Bailey!

threecollie said...

Ed, it is amazing how much quieter it is before 6. Then the trucks and trains really get doing and the silence is gone.

TMM, thanks, I went out at 4 and she was in a lot better shape than I was. lol

Linda, I know you know all about how it is out there in the half-night