Baby Pictures

Nothing like baby animals on the farm. calf and cow

dutch belted calf and cow

This Bobby still surprises me with his vigor.  He is dancing about and chasing birds and dogs. A happy bull calf.

Lady Astor has already introduced him to Alex and her girl.  And when I went out in the night to bring them in from the back field for safety, leading the calf in with a bottle, with Lady following along behind, the night black around us,  Alex  was galloping at  me swerving at the last minute passing me like a wild horse. Erupting out of the night.  Already protective.
calf and cow - dexter

Alex is a good wee Mum and will be a great Auntie.  Very different from Lady.

The milking has commenced but Lady’s enormous engorged udder still concerns me. It is very swollen so it is hard to know when the milking is finished.  The Bobby T has begun to drink from her which is good. But he always seems to go for that wounded teat which makes Lady back up. Maybe last night he discovered that there is a WHOLE other side to this milk bar.

I am still short of words.  Adjusting to the new tempo.  Up earlier now of course. There is a lot more to do with the cleaning of the milking shed especially.  I have family staying for a few days though so that will be nice.

I hope you have a lovely day.


39 Comments on “Baby Pictures

  1. What a big boy he is..poor Lady Astor…do not overwork yourself. Xxxx

  2. Bobby T looks so tall and sturdy. No wonder Lady Astor’s ribs seem so exaggerated and her flank so hollow in the second photo. All the photos are very calming, I hope your day works out that way – calm busyness. Enjoy having family around for your Mother’s day weekend.

  3. Aww – cute “baby” pictures! But he sure doesn’t look like a new calf!! Poor Lady, she needed to have him Caeserean. Hope all continues well with another beautiful day!!

  4. I bet Lady Astor and Alex stand in the corner of the field and gossip about the midwife and the colour of the grass 😉

    • Lady is sticking close to Alex, now. Three time I have had to go out and rescue her calf because she has wandered back up to the barn and left him behind.

      • She’s an old hand and less bothered by new offspring, I suppose …or she’s just more interested in chatting and food 🙂

  5. It’s a shame you can’t put a cup or something over her damaged nipple so Bobby stays away from it. Don’t think a plaster will do! Glad the mums and babies are getting along though. Enjoy your company and hope you have a restful weekend (well as much as you can). Big Hugs

  6. He’s so sturdy, none of that wobbly, big-kneed vulnerability you get with newborns. Such a touching photo of Lady A and Bobby T sharing a nose-to-nose moment. Is there some sort of healing balm you can put on the wounded teat which has a strong smell, so that he’d be more inclined to go for one of the others? And as for that huddle of piggies…. well, you know how I feel about piggies. Busy, happy days ahead, MIss C. Stay well, and may all the news be good.

  7. Bobby T looks beautiful and strong! Love the plonker pics too! xo

  8. Beautiful baby pictures. I hope the fresh milk s a wonderful addition to your table. Enjoy it in good health. Nice to know Alex is watching out for the herd. That means she is firmly settled in. Good job!

  9. My first comment disappeared, so I will repeat myself. Love the baby pics. Happy that the milk is flowing and hope you and your family, enjoy in good health, all the wonderful things you will make from it. The wide white belt makes for a very nice picture of mom and calf. Enjoy your day.

  10. That is a BIG calf! Perhaps Lady’s issue is just edema — have had that with both my cows — took up to 3 or more days to subside — raspberry leaves did seem to help a bit. I share milk also but the latest baby – now almost 8 weeks old – will only nurse on the front two quarters and I was milking OAD but after a tiny bout with mastitis I’m now milking two cows twice a day — does take up a bit more of my day but we (and my kids down the road and the pigs and the chickens and the cats) are loving all that Jersey milk and cream. Hope your milking season continues to go well.

    • Yes the swelling sometimes tales up to two weeks to go down completely but she improves every milking – i massage a bit too which helps loosed the hardness but basically it will take its own time as you know. I was hoping for Once a Day too we will see how it goes with this baby – they really are not terribly bonded. Otherwise I am sticking to twice a day with a bottle. Every situation is different.. c

  11. I love the image of Lady A and Bobby T posed together belt to belt. I think sometimes when there is much to do, we don’t have words or there simply isn’t enough in us to make that effort. Adjusting to a new “tempo” (I like that word – very upbeat!) always takes a bit of time. So often, I think people who are very busy and productive often have the happiest lives. Your photographs certainly reflect that. 🙂

  12. I, too, am short of words today. I have one word – JOY. That is the feeling I get when reading your blog and the comments of the Fellowship. ; o )

  13. What beautiful photos of Moms and babies for the Mother’s Day week-end! Family visiting…to me that says help! Put them to work! 🙂

  14. If Lady Astor will let you, massaging her udder may help. We would use udder balm or Vaseline. Some times cool compresses help. I’m not totally sure that any of it really does help (other than time). I think maybe it is more of a feel good for the farmer (you feel like you are doing something to help) than actually helping the cow. If nothing else it softens the skin and lets it stretch a little more. Since you have a calf with her all the time you would just need to be careful on how close to the teats you get. On the other hand udder balm also might be a way to get him to leave the injured teat alone.
    I like those little pigs. I’ve always though that Berkshires look like they are the happiest of pigs.

      • Maybe. It really depended on the cow. If she was prone to mastitis we tried to dip the very tip of the teat, otherwise it was all natural. I don’t think dipping would harm the calf but it might object to the taste, I know I do. We didn’t have calf on cow too often. When we did it was usually because the cow had a problem and the calf nursing was the most effective treatment. Also cow and calf were not together all the time after the first few days. Which quarter(s) the calf nursed could be controlled by milking the unaffected ones and then letting the calf take care of the rest.

        • Yes, at the moment I want him on her the whole time until i get this udder back in order – then if she is clean and doing well, we will start locking baby away and go to Once a Day like we did with Naomi.

  15. Bobby T looks handsome and healthy. It must be a relief to have him safely born, and I hope the udder problems will settle soon. Gushes of milk, you must be glad to see it.

  16. Happy Mother’s Day to Lady, Alex and Miss C . . . may all be content, nought take a backward step and any family present be thoroughly enjoyed!

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