When our girls start calving we check on them all the time. We had been following 047’s progress all day, and were fairly confident that tonight was the night. Now this old girl (born 1999) is an experienced mother and she had been mooching around all day, and showing various physical signs of impending labour. So when I found her recumbant in labour at 2345, with a couple of hooves and a nose visible, I was delighted and ready for an early night.
Optimism, at least with regards to bedtime, when it comes to cows calving is a grave mistake.
Five minutes later, her ladyship changes her mind, gets to her feet, and with the calf still protridomg, starts to meander across the field.
It was time to intervene. Having got her into the cattle shed, and roused Malcolm from his bed we started to help.
As soon as we got the head out it was very clear why she was in need of assistance.
This calf, a lovely heifer, is HUGE.
It’s now nearly 3am, Jacquie has been sent to bed, i am watching this miracle of nature attempting to stand and waiting to see it suckle and get that critical dose of Colostrum.