Last Calf of the Year

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Maybelle delivered our last calf of the year last night! Both mother and baby seem to be doing fine, though Maybelle has had some mastitis that is setting us back a little bit. Fortunately, I had some colostrum in the freezer, so the calf is good to go no matter what.

Oh! And it’s a girl! Tomorrow I’ll tell you why five of our six calves have been female, and why we knew the one would be a boy. Our method is apparently not common knowledge.

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About Jennie Cooper

I'm the mother of eight children, the wife of a retired soldier, and a newly minted farmer. I spend my days fairly productively, home educating our children, raising large quantities of food for several families, and volunteering in our community. I read entire novels a page at a time in the comfort of my bathroom. I tell people I'm Catholic just because they find it so shocking. I think there's nothing so exciting as a thunderstorm coming in. It doesn't bother me at all that my dog barks outside my bedroom window all night. And I rather enjoy being 40. I didn't think I would, but 40 is pretty good.

6 thoughts on “Last Calf of the Year

  1. angoraknitter

    NFP for cows? Girl- a few days before ovulations Boy-at ovulation?
    If the cow is anything like me (mastitis prone) letting the baby…um…littler cowling nurse and nurse and nurse will do all the world of good for keeping the girl drained which should help a ton and fatten up that calf. My little guy is almost double his birth weight, cause I nurse him so much.

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    1. Jennie Cooper Post author

      Unfortunately, she wouldn’t let the calf nurse off her sick quarter because it hurts. As thinking, usually reasonable people, we can do things that are good for us in spite of short-term negative effects, like pain. Cows don’t think like, though. If it hurts, they try to stop the hurt, in this case, by kicking off the calf. We pull our calves and bottle feed for a variety of reasons anyway, so milking Maybelle as much as possible is my job.

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  2. Kirsten

    I can’t wait to read tomorrows post. I am very curious. Out of all our little Jersies born we only had one heifer. I am jealous of all of your milk!! yum! How much are you getting a day total? Looking forward to visiting you someday!!

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