In these days of sexual harassment claims, I probably should have gotten this heifer's permission about posting her personal "business" all over the internet.
Goodness knows, I didn't want video cameras or even still cameras documenting the birth of my first offspring until the action was over. And even then, I let the Lamaze coach and the guest of honor be the focus of the star's first-ever photo shoot.
However, I guess it's in No. 638's "contract" for room, board and plenty of food that the Chief County Line Correspondent gets to have exclusive coverage of her baby's birth story.
No. 638 had been showing awhile, and after an hour, Randy didn't see any further progression. We ran her into the calving shed to pull the calf, something we do to help both the mama and the baby.
Then, the guys got the chains ready. Randy took our employee, Shawn, to a calving school in January, since he hadn't been around a cow-calf operation before. Shawn wanted to put his education to use, so Randy had him take the lead.
They tied a chain above the ankle on each of the front hooves of the calf. Then they tie the two chains together.
Welcome to the world, baby! The guys pulled the sack away from the calf's nose and mouth.
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And there you have it: The miracle of birth on the County Line.
Last evening, I decided it was time for a "well-baby" check. Here they are: No. 807, whose mama is No. 638 ...
Speaking of which, I am using an old camera right now. My current camera, which is still under warranty, needed a trip to the repair shop. So I pulled an old camera from the box for a substitute. Every time I try to use it, I remember that there was a reason I replaced it. Thankfully, the birthing photos were before my current camera quit working. And, best of all, I got a phone call yesterday, saying my camera was on the way back home.