Spring on the Farm


Brenda ArthurWith the warm spring weather comes a lot of new life – plants, flowers and animals. 

This year we have baby chicks growing under their mother’s careful watch. A jersey calf will be born any day and a foal will be born in either May or June.



Daisy, our Jersey cow, is heavy with her calf right now. She spends a lot of time laying down and resting – I would too if I was carrying that much weight around in my belly! I love the rare times I get to see and feel the calf moving. I feel like the expectant mother – I am excited and scared at the same time. I check her several times each day for signs of imminent labor and pray she delivers easily and without needing any assistance. Of course I hope I catch it all on video! I know Daisy will be a great mother if how she treats Dolly (our new mid mini-Jersey heifer) is any indication. She keeps Dolly close to her, grooming her throughout the day, sharing her food with her and sleeping side-by-side. It is a beautiful sight! Daisy won’t let me pet Dolly – though I can tell Dolly wants petting and brushed too! Maybe once the calf is born, she will loosen the maternal strings she has attached to Dolly.

Lila, our Arabian mare, is pregnant as well – though we didn’t do an actual pregnancy test, the vet believes she is pregnant and she surely looks pregnant! Lila and Sam (our stallion) are very married! On normal days they are inseparable – never more than a few feet apart. I have read that in late pregnancy the mare will separate from the stallion in preparation for birth. It must be getting close to time as the two can now be seen at separate ends of the pasture throughout the day. Of course she may be just tired of his constant attention! Just think we will be having a little Sammy or Lila galloping through the pastures this summer!

5/8/2014 11:42:56 AM

Thank you Nebraska Dave! I love Daisy for a cow's name - so feminine! I didn't name her though - that is her registered name! Now that Daisy has calved we have 3 Jersey's - Daisy is a standard size, Dolly is a mini (mid-mini) and of course the new calf - whose name is Patty!

5/1/2014 5:00:24 PM

Brenda, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Spring is the best time to be on a homestead, don't you think? New life is every where you turn. Whether it be in the wild or in the barn new babies are a delightful joy. I have a Robin setting in a nest just above my front door. The nest is on the top of the trellis I built for hanging plants. If I hadn't looked real close, I would have missed it entirely as only the head of Mama Robin can be seen from the ground. Daisy has to be the number one name for a Jersey cow. We had one Jersey in the 13 milk cows Dad had me milking. They have the biggest softest brown eyes of any other cows. Their milk is the richest with much more cream than the Holsteins. I hope and pray that she delivers without any problems. Have a great Spring day on Mulberry Acres Farm.

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