New Year’s Baby

Greetings for the second time this evening. I decided this little guy deserved his own post. Meet our New Year’s Baby, who is wearing a black calf coat to keep out the January chill.

If you read my last post of 2010, you know I promised to share pictures and details of our New Year’s baby – our first new calf born in 2011. Well, it took until January 3.

 We had a new heifer born about 10:00 pm on Dec 31, and then this little guy showed up early this morning . According to the trusty computer in our barn office, we have 149 cows due to calve in the next 90 days. So statistically speaking we should have at least one calf each day, but stats don’t always tell the whole story when it comes to pregnant cows.

We had a few calves due on January 1 that came early in late December, and we actually don’t have another one due until the 4th. Mother cows can deliver early or late just like people, so it’s impossible to predict just when each calf will arrive.

Hope you enjoy our newest arrival. Have a great night!

About Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa. Dairy farmer's wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.
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6 Responses to New Year’s Baby

  1. shelby says:

    A calf a day?! That’s insane! Who delivers them all? Or do they just sort of deliver themselves….?

    Sorry, I am totally clueless about this topic, but very curious to hear more! Fascinating! And the new year’s baby looks like a cute little fella!

    • Lisa says:

      Good question! We actually have people out in the barn 18-20 hours/day so people are around and checking on the cows throughout the day and night. (We have 2 shifts of milkers and then various other employees in addition to family). For example, when I feed calves at night I check the pregnant cow pen last thing before I leave.

      Most cows won’t actually need assitance with giving birth, and we just move them into a seperate pen and check on them at regular intervals. If a cow hasn’t delivered her calf within a reasonable time, we’ll start checking on things like the position of the calf to make sure it isn’t backwards or upside-down. In most of these cases the cow can still safely deliver the calf with assitance, but we ocassionaly need to call in the veterinarian. I know it seems like a lot of babies, but we’re used to it and set up to handle caring for them, so it’s “all in a day’s work” I suppose 🙂 Wow, this getting to be a long answer. If you want to read more about our pregnant mother cows or baby calves on our farm, these a few good posts…

  2. runaroundaroo says:

    Wowza. That is a lot of little critters in the next few months!

    Do you keep and raise all of them? Or do you only keep heifers or bulls? I remember when we had a gazillion calves…calf chores took eons!

    • Lisa says:

      We just keep and raise our heifers. We’d like to keep our bulls, but we just don’t have enough hutches and barn space right now. So we sell our bull calves to a local farmer who raises them as steers. Calf chores can take quite awhile, especially when there’s lots of new babies 🙂

  3. sweatykid says:

    WOW. One calf per day — that’s pretty busy!! That little guy looks like such a sweetheart.

  4. Jess says:

    WOW, that seems so early for calving. Our neighbors won’t start until March. BUT I CAN’T WAIT!!! Love those soft sweet new babies! Love those big innocent eyes! Love their big sloppy wet tongues grabbing my hands! 🙂

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