17 days and waiting

17 days. A relatively short span of time for some things, but for others it can seem like eons.

Meet 2137.



This mama cow was due to have her calf back on the 11th of December. Yup, 17 days overdue.

Well, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds. A cow carries a calf for about 9 months, but her gestation varies slightly based on breed.

2137 is Holstein, but she was bred to a Brown Swiss. This makes the calf she carries 1/2 Holstein and 1/2 Brown Swiss.

For a Holstein, average gestation is 280 days, and because the majority of our cows are Holstein this is what our computer uses to calculate due date.

But for a Brown Swiss the average is 284 days, and it’s said that the breed of the calf has more effect on gestation length. So in effect, she’s more like 13 days overdue. But still!

The vet comes every Monday, so he checked her on Christmas Eve morning, and he said it was a big calf but still just fine.

We waited through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but no baby came. Yesterday we started wondering about inducing her. It’s something I can’t ever remember doing with a cow, but the calf is certainly ready to be born.


I’m back! Apparently starting to write this post was just the thing to make mama have her baby. 🙂

I didn’t have time to finish blogging this morning, so I figured around lunch I would post it.

About 10 a.m. this morning 2137 had her big baby boy. Along with 4 other cows who decided to have their calves about the same time.

I’ve got a lot of hungry calves to bottle feed, so I’d better get going. 2137 didn’t want to look at the camera, so I did the best I could.


Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Happy New Year to all.


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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9 Responses to 17 days and waiting

  1. Rebecca says:

    Awww, what a cutie! And a proud mama.

  2. jena says:

    How funny that you started to blog about her & then she went into labor…. 13 days, 17 days.. both sounds like way to long to be overdue!

  3. Katie says:

    Always seems likes it’s bulls when they’re that overdue! But that is definitely long enough to start to worry. Glad everything turned out ok.

  4. Suzanne says:

    I agree with Katie, it does always seem like the bull calves like to wait a little longer to join the party. Glad he’s here and healthy!

  5. Heidi Nicole says:

    She just wanted to make sure she had her calf right along with all the others! But yea…17 days. Wow. Glad it all worked out for her though, I always get nervous with new babies with so many complications that could happen.

    Love the photo of you and the dogs!

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