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Daisy Has Her Baby

| 5/6/2014 12:55:00 PM

Patty, our new Jersey heifer, was born on May 1. Daisy went into labor late afternoon and calved within an hour.

Patty is the first calf born on our farm and we were so excited! We checked on Daisy every half hour all day long. I knew she was ready to calve: The calf moved into birthing position making her udder look like she was going to explode, her pin-bone ligaments loosened; and her vulva appeared to be pulsating. Once labor started, I felt so sorry for her as her teats were literally gushing colostrum during contractions. Daisy eagerly lapped up what splashed on her between contractions.


Newly bornThinking I had a couple hours before the baby arrived I came in for a cup of coffee. Fifteen minutes later, with a cup of coffee in hand, I headed back to the barnyard, and little Patty was already on her way into the world. (I think most women would be very envious as to how quickly the baby was born!) John, of course, jumped in to help matters along a little quicker.

I was amazed at how quickly little Patty tried to stand and nurse! She wasn’t even completely cleaned off before she was nursing! She was one hungry little calf!

The following morning I headed out to the barn to check on mama and baby – both were doing just fine – all cuddled up together keeping warm. Daisy gave me a soft moo to let me know all was well. She let me milk her a bit to relieve some of the pressure, ate a bit of hay, then went out to graze a bit and spend some time with Dolly (our other Jersey heifer) leaving me to babysit! I was one proud grandmoo being entrusted with her baby so soon after her birth!

5/7/2014 8:40:18 AM

Brenda, Jerseys are my favorite breed of cows. They have such a gentle nature and just look so darn cute even as adult cows. Dad had a mixed herd of 13 milk cows with one Jersey that we called "Ity Bit". She was about half the size of the Holsteins. Her milk was the best of the herd and we kept hers for our own use. It is amazing how fast animals are able to walk and explore their new world. I'm glad that Patty was born without any issues. Unfortunately, Ity Bit had birthing problems one year which didn't cause her death but she just wasn't the same after that. I'm not sure what happened to her as I left for college that fall and the herd was sold. It was great experience to witness calves being born and the responsibilities that came with farming. ***** Have a great Patty watching day.

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