Maxell is his name. He was born on Thursday morning at about 6:45. The first twenty four hours were as they ought to be. Beautiful.
Then Fern went down with milk fever. From Friday morning until Saturday night we fought with medicine and love to get her back on her feet. At 10 o’clock Saturday she stood. That is the briefest summary possible of an exhausting and difficult situation. I am too tired to detail it! If interested I’ve been working the Keeping a Family Cow community and the details are posted there.
But this morning I had rich yellow cream in my coffee and I got to pat that handsome little devil on his soft white head and say good morning!
PS: His front hooves are black and his back ones are white! How cute is that?
This Izola of mine is a play of shadows and light. Her brindle coat tells this clearly but so does her behaviour. I’ve never had such an affectionate calf, I’ve never had such a fence jumper either! She is crazy! Very goat like in her ability to propel herself over a vertical.
Shadows and Light
Another Big Day has come and gone. On Saturday the 18th we tried breeding Annabelle again. If it takes the calf would come at the end of November. If it doesn’t take we will wait a few months before we try again. I don’t want a winter baby.
This time her hear cycle was much stronger, for the first time ever the AI tech felt that the cervix wasn’t gravely and troublesome to get through. Keep your fingers crossed!
If the AI process works the first time it is a cheap way to get a new bovine – if it takes repeated tries it starts to get expensive. $10 for the semen. $20 for the service.
Of courses it is still much cheaper and safer than keeping a bull on the property.
I am feeling particularly optimistic. The 18 th of June is when my first cow, Shasta, came to me. She had the first Penny Tree Farm calf, Annabelle, on June 18th. Shasta had her third Penny Tree Farm calf, Clover, on August 18th. And one of my children was born on the 18th of February. The 18th seems to be a good omen – yes?
This is Annabelle. She was the first calf to be born at Penny Tree Farm. She is now two and a half years old. She had her first calf in August. It took her a little while to learn to be a milk cow but she is a wonderful milk cow now.
This picture was taken last year when we had all that lovely snow. This year’s browns and grays do not highlight her markings so well.