Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The New Calf

The sun was out for all of 20 minutes today, during which the little calf got to run around outside with his mom. Because of the cold and wet I have to keep him in the stall, but I let him out to nurse four times a day.
He seems to be doing just fine after his stepping-on three days ago.

I've been milking Tesla twice a day, in addition to what the calf takes. She gave about 10 quarts at each milking so far, but once the swelling in her udder goes down she'll start producing more.
By Friday her milk will have transitioned from colostrum (super rich, high-protein milk with antibodies for the calf) to normal milk.

She's constantly mooing to him and licking him (a bit too much, judging by his expression!)

We're still trying to think of a name for him. Somehow it keeps coming back to Flap Jack...

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