Snowy Night...Newborn Calf
You know, it was sooo quiet outside.
I stopped the crunchy steps I was taking in the snow.
I just stood and listened for a moment. Silence. Just quiet peace.
(That's one of the perks of farming.)
Danica is a cow who is dark "chocolate" in color, and she's used to being handled. She took a trip with me to Viroqua last May, to visit with quite a few elementary school students for an afternoon. It was right up her alley. She liked meeting the kids! The photo is of Danica in the calving pen the evening before she calved. She has a heavy winter coat.
Danica was in the pen nuzzling and licking her new baby. She looked up at me as if to say, "no worries, Sallie; I'm a pro at this having babies stuff." And, she is; this is her 8th baby!!
Then I went to the calf room to warm up some colostrum to feed the new calf. Have we talked about colostrum before? I think so (you can check the other posts I've made in my blog).
Short and sweet, at 2 am, we still carry out the basic protocol for new calves:
move the cow to fresh feed and water
move the calf to a warm hutch
feed the calf 4qt colostrum
put an insulated jacket on the calf
identify the calf with a colored leg band
write the details down.
I did it! And all without waking up very much...
Danica's new baby was tucked in to straw bedding with a warm jacket and a belly full of colostrum. Danica was eating in the next pen over, and would get in a snooze probably before the morning crew came in to check on things and start the milking.
I've checked the herd records...we named Danica's heifer born last winter, Dancer. So now I'm stumped. That's what I thought I might call this calf ! I'm thinking that when the Viroqua students read this post, they can help me come up with a name for Dani's new heifer calf...a name which begins with the letter D. So's you know kids, the bull which sired the new calf...he is 7JE1344 Matt.
Send me a good name for her. Thanks. Sallie