It never gets old…another heifer calves!

I always love the anticipation of watching a new heifer prepare to calve. Will she have a good udder? Will she have a safe calving? Will she milk well and have a clean udder?

Spoiler alert All goes well – Prancer is a “dream cow” 🙂

Aug 25:

Sept 13th:

October 5th:

October 14th:

October 17th, practicing in the parlor:

October 19th:

The night before the event, we came home from an anniversary trip to Spokane. I grabbed my camera and snapped these shots late at night, thinking “Where did all that swelling under her belly come from? It literally showed up during the day!”

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Pins look somewhat relaxed, but no where near as loose as heifers often get – maybe she’s a bit too chunky… hehe

October 20th, around 6 am calf is born, we wake up to MOOOWAAHHH sounds out in the barn and run out to find Prancer licking off a little boy (boo hoo, sniffle).

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Hanging out in the freestall. Baby Risotto was born at the end of the freestall early in the morning – looked like he popped out while mom was sleeping! We put him at the head of the stall and mom Prancer acted like an old-hat, taking perfect care of the babe then laying down with him to rest.
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Sorry for the dark lighting … Click to hear Prancer moo the typical “new mom” moo to her baby

 

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Click to view video on how we milk a fresh cow for the first time – low stress!

 

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Click to watch calf being fed first colostrum – lots of good tips!

 

 

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