Most importantly, “mom” Rosalind is good:
Baby BOY named Ritz born January 1, 2012, early in the morning. First baby of the new year, we think! Would be a legitimate 1-1 birthdate, if Kelly wants him for the dairy steer program at the fair (haha!)
WINNER OF THE CALVING DATE CONTEST: Mary Troyer
WINNER OF THE NAMING CONTEST: Mallonee Family
The little (no, BIG) turkey had sucked mama dry before we even found him, so we milked out a bottle of colostrum, but had to re-heat most of it to try to feed him that evening. He was not very hungry for about 18 hours!
We milked Rosalind around 7am on Sunday morning and have her on a 12 hour schedule. She is a piece of cake to milk, but milks out fast, so we have to watch the machine pretty closely!
And a picture of her pins after calving, for the KFC’ers:
Then we got our heifer calf from Proud Rose’s calving and she’s here to keep Ritzy company and use up Rosalind’s milk. So cute, I’m not sure I could sell her!!