New Year, New Calf!

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January 5, 2014 by Hannah

The new year is officially well under way on the farm, and the cows seem to be celebrating by bringing new life into the world a little earlier than we had expected! So far two calves have been born. Either we got our math mixed up or (more likely) they’re both about two weeks early.

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Mummy and baby being moved to the ‘maternity ward’ to get a bit of peace from the herd.

The two calves are up and drinking, which is the most important part of the operation. Vets say now that it’s vital that calves get colostrum or beestings within the first six hours of being born. Usually calves manage to do this by themselves but sometimes they need a helping hand or push to differentiate their mother’s shoulder from her udder. Once they’ve ‘latched on’ you can leave them to it! It’s going to start feeling like an episode of ‘Call the Midwife’ on the farm soon!

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6 thoughts on “New Year, New Calf!

  1. Flighty says:

    What a wonderful way to start the new year off. xx

  2. Annette says:

    Cute way to take your calf for a ride ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy new year!

  3. Hannah, that’s wonderful! I grew up on a tiny farm in Kentucky, USA. I still remember the chilly morning my Dad was standing at the back door, looking into the field, when he dropped his coffee, uttered an expletive, and took off running toward the pond. Seems he’d seen one of the cows give birth (early) on the edge of the pond, and the little calf had tumbled in. We managed to get there in time to save the calf … but what a memory. Happy New Year! ~Terri

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