Today’s Newborns

Today, March 1st, we had 13 new babies.  Here they are in order of birth. (The write-up and info is below the picture.)

Mother S146Y - Baby Y146D

Mother S146Y – Baby Y146D

This heifer was born at around 4:30 am this morning and was out there when Doug did the first check.  Unassisted birth and she nursed unassisted.  The mother was trying to get her baby to follow her, but the baby thought she’d lay down and rest for a while.  The Sire is black angus.

Mother S234Z - Baby Z234D

Mother S234Z – Baby Z234D

This heifer was also born at around 4:30 am this morning.  Unassisted birth and she nursed unassisted.  The Sire is black angus.

Mother 588S - Baby S588D

Mother 588S – Baby S588D

This heifer was born at 6:00 am this morning.  Unassisted birth and she nursed unassisted.  The sire is hereford.

Mother S512X - Baby X512D

Mother S512X – Baby X512D

This heifer was born at 6:30 am this morning.  Unassisted birth and she nursed unassisted.  The sire is hereford.

Mother S11A - Baby A11D

Mother S11A – Baby A11D

This heifer was born at 7:00 am this morning.  Unassisted birth and she nursed unassisted.  The sire is hereford.

Mother S24B - Baby B24D

Mother S24B – Baby B24D

This heifer was born at 7:15 am this morning.  This was S24B’s first baby.  Unassisted birth and she nursed unassisted.  The sire is hereford.

Mother 202Y - Baby Y202D

Mother 202Y – Baby Y202D

This was the 7th calf of the day and the 7th heifer! She was born at 10:30 am this morning.  Unassisted birth and she nursed unassisted.  The sire is our range partners Charolais bull!  I think the girls will have to name this one Sylvie.

Mother 567S - Baby S567D

Mother 567S – Baby S567D

This bull was born at 11:30 am this morning.  We had to pull him out because he presented himself backwards!  It went well and then he nursed unassisted.  The sire is hereford.

Mother 'Pippa' Z36B - Baby 'George' B36D

Mother ‘Pippa’ Z36B – Baby ‘George’ B36D

This bull was born at 12:30 pm.  This is ‘Pippa’s’ first baby.  We halter broke Pippa as a calf and she has been to the fall fair twice and will now take her new baby ‘George’ to the fair!  We had to help baby George out by grabbing his front legs and pulling on him. She may have had him eventually but because we were so excited about his birth, we intervened.  He nursed unassisted.  The sire is black angus.

Mother N234T - Baby T234D

Mother N234T – Baby T234D

This heifer was born at 2:00 pm.  Unassisted birth and she nursed unassisted.  The sire is hereford.  (I didn’t get this picture until later tonight that is why it is dark.)

Mother X219B - Baby B219D

Mother X219B – Baby B219D

This heifer was born at 5:00 pm.  Our daughters and Doug helped this baby be born as well. Again because it was her 1st baby, sometimes they just need a tiny bit of help.  She nursed unassisted.  The sire is hereford.

Mother 51X - Baby X51D

Mother 51X – Baby X51D

This heifer was born at 6:00 pm.  Our 2 youngest daughters went out to check the cows just before supper. When they came in they reported that they thought one out by the water trough was probably going to calve.  When Doug and I went out a bit later, sure enough there she was with a healthy baby girl right where the girls said she was.  She had already nursed.  The sire is black angus.

Mother P31A - Baby A31D

Mother P31A – Baby A31D

This bull was born at 7:45 pm.  Doug and I helped this baby boy come into the world.  She had a waterbag out, but was not actively calving.  When Doug checked the baby’s position, it’s hooves were pointing up at a funny angle and it was not allowing this 2nd time calver to progress. This baby has not nursed yet and we may have to help it.  The sire is hereford.

As you can see in the photo’s it snowed/sleeted all day.  We had just gone through 2 weeks of beautiful sun-filled days, to get to our biggest day so far with the poorest weather!  We’re in now at 10:38 pm, with the last check done. (A31D was just getting in to nurse:)  All looks quiet and the snow has stopped.  Night-Night, oh and would you mind doing the 5:00 am check?

~Erika Fossen~

Today was the second time this week my husband was asked by people if he’d been holidaying to somewhere hot. Nope, just a combination of a winter of snow glare, and wind burn on his face.  I’m glad he puts on the illusion of a tanned, rested Mexican traveller!

 

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