Today, March 1st, we had 12 new babies. Here they are in order of birth (info below picture).
Mother 219T – Baby T219E
Last night during the 8 pm check, my daughter and I found that the pregnant cows had rubbed a gate open and some had escaped into the pen where the cows and their calves go. We got one cow back where she was supposed to be, but because it was already dark, we decided to sort it out in the morning. So this morning when we headed out there to move the pairs around (older ones get moved to the next pen), we found good ole 219T. 219T likes to get out of the pen that she is in and head out to unclaimed territory when she’s in labour. Two years ago she calved in the silage pit. Last year she headed up into the neighbours 300 acres to calve. Thankfully she always seems to be able to have her baby’s unassisted, which is sure good because it would be a real pain to walk her however far back to the barn! This bull was born sometime early this morning. Unassisted birth and he nursed unassisted. The sire is hereford.
Mother 11S – Baby S11E
This bull was also born sometime this morning, probably around 6:00 am. Unassisted birth and he nursed unassisted. The sire is black angus. By the way she was looking at me I decided not to head in any closer.
Mother 57X – Baby X57E
This bull was also born at around 7:00 am. Unassisted birth and he nursed unassisted. The sire is hereford.
Mother U280X – Baby X280E
This bull was born at 9:00 this morning. Unassisted birth and he nursed unassisted. The sire is hereford.
Mother S6Z – Baby S6E
This bull (the fifth bull of the day) was born at 9:30 this morning, right after the above. Unassisted birth and he nursed unassisted. The sire is black angus.
S17A with her water bag and front feet showing.
Mother S17A – Baby A17E
At 12:15 pm, when I checked the cows, this girl had her waterbag showing. I went back to the yard, moved a cow to the correct pen and when I looked out twenty five minutes later she had given birth to this heifer. She nursed unassisted. The sire is hereford. S17A’s mother had calved a week prior and her grandmother a few day ago. *Note: at 5:30 pm Doug brought this pair in and ‘hooked’ the heifer calf up (helped it nurse again) because he wasn’t happy with how it looked.
S552B stewing around.
At coffee time (10:45am), from the dining room window, I watched this second time calver stomp up to the sawdust pile and proceed to kick every other cow off. She slammed them in the ribs with her head until they all left. I kept an eye on her, but then got busy writing this blog. At 1:50 pm Doug came in and asked how long I was going to let that cow with the one backwards foot go? That explained why she had been taking so long! So I got the water and we brought her into the barn, to help her have her backwards baby. (For more information on baby’s that come backwards, read this blog: https://lifeonabccattleranch.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/hows-it-going-out-there/ )
S552B with the back foot out. You know you have to help them when you see this: the foot with the dewclaws up.
Starting to help S552B have her backwards baby.
Pulling the baby, here it is half out. From when its hips pass through, it is very fast, to make sure it can breathe.
We went in for lunch and a half an hour later, looking out the window, we noticed a cow had started to calve. Our ranchhand went out to walk her in and called, reporting that it also was backwards! So repeat of above!
K30W with her backwards presentation!
K30W was the proud mother of a black brokel face heifer, which nursed unassisted. Sire was black angus.
Mother P39U – Baby U39E
After all this had gone down and we were feeding everyone, we noticed this cow P39U had had her baby sometime during the backwards episode! She had an all black heifer calf and it nursed unassisted.
Mother T31W – Baby W31E
This cow confused us! While Doug was feeding he texted me to come out, saying T31W was having twins. When we got out there, she definitely had a calf beside her that she had claimed as her own but also had a waterbag and front feet sticking out of her. I was VERY surpirised that she had gotten by me in having her calf, especially being the day where I was writing this and keeping such close track. After Tristen nearly got flattened lifting the calf into the gator, the REAL mom came running up from the feed pile she was enjoying. Then my memory was tweaked and I realized what was going down. So then we proceeded to walk all three of them, X57E and his two mommies into the barnyard. Once in, we separated them and at 5:10 pm T31W gave birth to a black neck baby girl. Thank goodness she LOVES her real baby! The heifer nursed on her own.
Mother S146Y – Baby Y146E
Somewhere between 6:30 and 7:00 pm this bull was born. He was born unassisted and he nursed without help as well. His sire is black angus.
Mother R15A – Baby A15E
This baby was born at 9:00pm. I am not sure the sex and could not muster up the energy to crawl in there so that I could inform y’all. I’ll check tomorrow. It’s sire is hereford because it has white patches on it’s face. It is a fairly small calf so I imagine it is a heifer. I’m sure she will nurse on her own.
It was a very nice day and quite warm, approximately 0 degrees. We’re in now at 10:37 pm, with the last check done. Yaaa, I’m so happy we did not find anyone else calving so now I can go to bed! Good night!