Friday, February 25, 2011

Birth of a Calf

This is pretty much how we found Tess at 6:30 in the morning, though there was just one hoof out. I had checked on her at 3:00 am, when she looked just the same as the night before.

And within an hour, he was out!

She jumped up and immediately started licking him. Fortunately the sun was just beginning to come up - it was freezing.

Within 10 minutes he was already attempting to stand up, and 20 minutes later he stood all by himself.

Just 45 minutes after birth, he was ready to explore his new world.

And then he got flattened, but we won't think about that...

He now lives in the stall most of the time, and I let him out three times a day to nurse. If the weather is nice, I can leave him out in the pasture with Tess.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on the birth of your new calf. Also, I like the new look of your blog, and your cow/calf photos are beautiful.