New Calf

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Fresh from the oven

Before leaving to get hay just before one o’clock, Dory noticed our very pregnant cow, Daisy-Lou, was acting restless and was maybe ready to drop her calf. She and John proceeded onto their hay run and I went to pick asparagus in the upper garden.

There’s another asparagus patch near the cow field, and on my way there, I noticed what may have been a foot sticking out with Daisy-Lou still standing up, and I about-faced to grab a camera.

It's a Boy!

It's a Boy!

Couldn’t find the super-duper Nikon in the house; so about-face again to the car to grab my cheapie Kodak at which point less than a minute later, Daisy-Lou was lying down, another 30 seconds rummaging in my car for the camera, and Daisy-Lou was back up and a very slimey fresh-from-the-oven calf was stretched out in the grass getting a good licking.

Daisy-Lou’s now mostly grown daughter, Babe, was on guard duty, which was kinda sweet. Babe kept coming over to check me out and going back to check on her new sibling.

Guard Cow

Guard Cow

Lick that baby

Lick that baby

After about thirty minutes of licking, the calf started making attempts at getting up. It was about an hour after arriving in the world that it managed it’s first few moments of standing up and was walking tentatively within another hour.

I thought I saw boy parts when he got up that first time, and Dory confirmed when she got back from the first round of hay.

I stayed out of the cow field without Dory around since the cows don’t know me well and I especially didn’t want to agitate protective momma. But I got to go in when Dory got back and actually scritched the new one … sooooo soft and verrrrrryyyy cute of course as all babies are.

First stand

First stand

Dory says he’s moving good and seems healthy — more healthy than the last calf who turned out just fine. So, yay, all seems well in new-baby land. No name yet, so stay tuned. We’ll have to get to know him a bit first.

-Vanessa

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