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Calving, finally!

LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning ModeratorManitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin
edited October 2020 in Cattle

Well, its snowing & blowing & the jersey heifer decided that its time.

We have 2 front feet, a head & ears. Its moving too...all good signs. And we watch & wait. She rests well between contractions. She's doing a good job.

@COWLOVINGIRL I know that you wanted to know. I will post updates.

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  • Merin PorterMerin Porter Editorial Director Southwest Colorado (Zone 6a)Posts: 723 admin

    Oh my goodness, so exciting! Best of everything during this journey!

  • COWLOVINGIRLCOWLOVINGIRL Posts: 542 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning I am so sorry to hear about the dead calf. At least the mom is okay! Hey, maybe your other cow will have her calf sooner that you expected!

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    Thanks for the encouragement @COWLOVINGIRL. It is always very difficult when you lose a calf.

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,326 admin

    My condolences @LaurieLovesLearning. It is always hard to lose a newborn animal. But I am sure you did everything possible to save the calf. Sometimes it is just out of our hands, no matter how hard we try. I hope the cow will be OK. I'm sure you are doing everything possible for her as well. Best of luck with your other cow.

  • Michelle DMichelle D Posts: 174 ✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning I'm so sorry to hear that. I haven't experienced that, but I'm sure it is very difficult. Hopefully things will go easy for the next one.

  • seeker.nancy - Central Texasseeker.nancy - Central Texas Posts: 755 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning I'm so sorry about the calf. That is an aspect of homesteading with animals that some people are not prepared for. That being said, it is no easier any time after the first one to lose a newborn/hatched creature.

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    Thank you all. You are right. Even if you do all you can, the mind still plays around with the "what ifs." Those were worked through. It never, ever gets easier. It is sad all around.

    The calf has now been disposed of, the cow birthed her placenta & we caught her slowly slurping it up in the barn, so we let her be for the night after giving her extra straw to bed down in. The placenta will give her the much needed healing energy moving forward. She also drank a little water and ate a small, but good amount of hay. An appetite is good.

    Tomorrow morning will be our next meeting with her and our first attempt at milking her. She seems calm and trusting of us at this point, so hopefully she has no kick. Brushing her all over tonight didn't produce one. I guess we will see what she's got in the morning.

  • jodienancarrowjodienancarrow Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 705 admin

    @LaurieLovesLearning sorry to hear your news. It never gets any easier, especially for a first calf heifer. Anyway she is in good hands and she trusts you, so she will get stronger and let her milk down.

  • tomandcaratomandcara Colorado front range- Denver MetroPosts: 691 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning So sorry for your loss and so glad the mother was able to birth and eat the placenta. yes it will help the mother recover physically.

  • COWLOVINGIRLCOWLOVINGIRL Posts: 542 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning How is the mother cow doing?

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    @COWLOVINGIRL Thank you for asking! So far, our little jersey cow is doing well. The first tiny "milking" went very well with no kicks, just a tiny bit of fidgeting. You never take much for the first few days as to not stress the cows body and trigger the release of calcium from the bones. This creates a real emergency which will result in death unless you have calcium drench administered. We take precautions before calving, but the risk remains (although it lessens) for quite some time after calving.

    We will be watching for milk fever, as is always the practice, but she has been turned out until milking time tonight.

  • COWLOVINGIRLCOWLOVINGIRL Posts: 542 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning She sounds like such a sweet cow!

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    She is turning out to be. She is a jersey, so that makes it even better! I will have to post a picture of her & our others here for you!

  • COWLOVINGIRLCOWLOVINGIRL Posts: 542 ✭✭✭✭

    OOOOO thanks!

  • COWLOVINGIRLCOWLOVINGIRL Posts: 542 ✭✭✭✭

    Jerseys are my first love, when it comes to cows!

  • spanthegulfspanthegulf Posts: 81 ✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning What a roller coaster raising livestock can be! I'm so sorry you lost that lovely little heifer, but also grateful mama seems to be doing well. You obviously are a compassionate and skilled livestock manager, and you're obviously doing a great job... sometimes things are out of our control, as all livestock folk understand. She is fortunate to be with someone like you! Cyber hugs!

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    @spanthegulf Thank you.

    To update how she is doing...great! She is always eager for milking. We don't have to get her. She still hasn't kicked. She "talks" gently to all of us now and has become very accepting of everyone (she had a bit of attitude before). She is now giving just over 2 gallons a day from her beautiful udder.

    She is the storybook cow. :D

  • DurwardPlessDurwardPless Posts: 118 ✭✭✭

    Sorry for the loss, that would be hard on me as well.

  • Ruth Ann ReyesRuth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 348 admin

    Sorry about the babe. Glad mama is okay!

  • water2worldwater2world Sherry Jochen Sevierville, TNPosts: 173 ✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning Thanks for the update---I am sorry for your loss, It is hard no matter when it happens.

    Good luck with the mama and your other one waiting to deliver.

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 498 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning Is there an update on Mama #3? She's the most experienced one, isn't she?

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    @RustBeltCowgirl No update! We still haven't had a blizzard here, although you would think that high winds & freezing rain would qualify for perfect calving weather. 😬 Maybe she likes being heavy in calf?

    She is the oldest. Man, is she content, even now, being so huge, and that calf moves so much. I would no longer be content!

    I keep remembering about pictures when I don't have my camera/phone with me. One of these days, I will take it out with me.

    Thanks for asking. 😄

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 498 ✭✭✭✭
  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    Nothing yet. Still a big belly.

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 498 ✭✭✭✭

    Really, is she waiting until 2021?

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    I really think so. 😬

    I think she enjoys making us wait.

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    @COWLOVINGIRL & others...

    No calf yet, but I have pictures! You can see for yourself how the old queen (she likes being the queen) is tired, but contented she is. She is funny with her crooked nose. She is an excellent milker.


    Below is the young beauty we're milking


    This next one is the one who calves in spring to female specific jersey. Her back is swayed, but we made the deal on her before we were aware of that. Her breeding is still very good. It is the same as the mom of the one we're currently milking. Her temperament is really gentle.

    The Luing heifer is behind her. She will never get very tall due to the Highland in her. She reminds us of a little red round very fuzzy bison.

    As you can see...we need more snow. We are still waiting on that too.

  • blevinandwombablevinandwomba Central PaPosts: 633 ✭✭✭✭

    There all so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I love the last one's little horns.

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,383 admin

    @blevinandwomba We were initially concerned about those horns. She knows how to use them to gain status with the other cows, but she has never shown any tendency to use them on us. We are very grateful for that.

    I really admire their messy hairdos at the top of their heads. 🥰

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