Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Being born is hard work!

First off-- if you are a bit squeamish or have little ones looking on, I must tell you the following photos are of a cow giving birth. I tried to edit it, but there are just some things you can't hide. Giving birth is not pretty.

So to give you time to get the little ones occupied with something else, here is a photo of my Farmer.


Yesterday was a beautiful spring day with thunder-boomers in the forecast. Weather systems coming through usually means we need to keep a closer eye on the pregnant mamas in the lot. When we did chores in the afternoon we found one of the new cows (#36) by herself, looking very uncomfortable and lowing in that "I'm in pain" voice.


Even though she's an older cow, she is new to us and we decided we should keep an eye on her for a few moments.
And probably 10 minutes later, she was to this stage:


After that, things went pretty fast. A lot of pacing, lowing, laying down and getting up and some good pushes and we were to this:


One more big push and "plop!"


Some warm licks from Mama and alot of head shaking and then it's time to try to get up.


I think you've got it!!


Welcome to the World, Baby!

We didn't want to get Mama any more agitated, so we don't know what Baby is yet. She is a very protective mama.
I'll try to get some photos today of him/her today, all dried off and clean looking.

(Addition later on March 22: Baby is a "He", or rather _was_. It's a steer now. Both baby and mama are doing fine.)

The poor barn cats were not happy; they had to wait for their dinner.

Happy Spring Everyone!!



** "To be alive, to be able to see, to walk,...it's all a miracle."
~~Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) Polish Pianist

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