Finally, after all this waiting, we have a calf! Sunday, May 30th, Eavie gave birth to a healthy black….bull calf (sigh). We’ll assume daddy Mace is proud of him, but he’s in a different pasture right now & can only see his new boy through the fences. Calving is an exciting time on the farm, but when you’re new to cattle & it’s your first go round you can have a lot of questions and uncertainties. It’s hard to know what to expect. So here’s a bit of our experience to help you prepare.
Sunday morning when I checked on Eavie before leaving for church, I thought it best to leave her penned in the corral with the barn stall. Her udder was more swollen & hard and her vulva very relaxed. It wasn’t as significant a change as some of my other cows have shown, but enough to make me keep her in. When we got home later in the afternoon, she was showing definite signs of early labor – restless, frequent peeing & pooping small amounts, sniffing the stall over, keeping an eye on where the other animals were but not calling to them. A couple hours later it was camera time.
Some people prefer to let their cows do their own thing, besides the Dexters don’t usually have problems calving. With our mountainous pastures, though, I like to keep my girls in the stall & corral where they’re handy so I can keep an eye on them JUST IN CASE something does go wrong.