Our baby calf has arrived. Both mother and baby are doing just fine. I am going to let the images tell the story. A few of these shots are of the actual birth which was perfect. Magic in the field. I thought I would warn you of the birth photos ahead of time, in case you are a little fragile and want to whizz down the page to the pretty ones at the end.
We started at midday. And it was all over by 1.30. I was very lucky that the breeder was free and able to come over and support me. Of course Daisy was fine and managed it all herself. I was the one that needed propping up. I was on a steep learning curve yesterday.
First your new calf. This is Baby Bobby Blanc. He is mostly white and a very big boy! He has one white nostril and one red one, like a minstrel.
We had to force her to stand up as she was on the ground a bit long.
Time for Bobby Blanc to stand up. He tottered about and was ready to suckle quite quickly but Daisy kept backing away from him so I left them for a while.
When John got home we loaded this incredibly heavy calf onto the back of the pick up truck and I held him with Daisy trotting alongside and into the barn we all went.
With Bobby Blanc alongside, I milked Daisy and tended her udder. Daisy just stood beautifully while I milked. To get the cups onto her ridiculously swollen udder, in my unpracticed cack-handed way, I was almost knelt right under the cow. A prime target for a good kick, but she just waited. I will get better at this I told her as we finished. Once she was free, with the smallest switch of her tail, she sauntered back out into the field and began to eat like a starved teenager, leaving me with her baby.
Good morning. They both had a quiet night and very shortly I shall go out and milk again.
And so it begins. Suffice to say I did not get a cup of tea yesterday either. It was all too new to me and I could not settle for a smoko break at all. But I did have that glass of wine you recommended as the sun went down on a very successful day.
Have a lovely day. I am back on that learning curve. There will be a lot of calf gazing today too! And lots of prettier pictures tomorrow. And plenty of shuffling chores into a new routine!