Our blog “calf” is back home!
(As you’ll see soon she doesn’t look much like a calf anymore.)
Yup, early this afternoon Etta arrived in a trailer with 8 of her friends. She’s been at a different farm about 20 miles away growing big and tall for the past year. And she’s been busy growing a baby calf too.
If you’re not sure who Etta is, check out the Meet Henrietta Page. She is our official blog calf, and I’ve been chronicling the happenings in her life since birth.
Now, back to this other farm. You may remember me blogging that all our heifers go to another farm site when they are somewhere from 6-9 months old.
In the dairy world we refer to this as a heifer grower.
We’ve been working with our heifer grower for a long time, and he’s a caring and friendly guy who watches over our animals well.
We don’t have enough space to keep all our heifers during their growing years, so we send them to our heifer grower to feed and care for. Then, they come back to our farm about 3 months before they are due to have a calf.
This way we can watch over them extra close when they are most pregnant, and they have a chance to get acclimated and comfortable in the barn. When they arrive back they move right into the same barn they will live in when they have their calf and start giving milk.
Etta is exactly 3 months away because she’s due on August 31.
Here she is just after getting off the trailer.
And a close-up.
You can see it’s been rainy and muddy and she’s been busy stomping in it!
I promise to update more about cool stuff like what Etta eats and what happens during her average day when I get a chance.
For now I just had to pop in to tell you she’s home. 🙂