|This is what happens when you are trying to take a photo one-handed!|
In these days of sexual harassment claims, I probably should have gotten this heifer's permission to post her personal "business" all over the internet.
However, I guess it's in No. 885'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.
With the heifers, Randy uses a bull for "calving ease" - a bull whose progeny is lower birth weight but which gains well after birth. Most of the time, the heifers calve naturally, but, once in awhile, they need a little help.
No. 885 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.
Randy attached the chains to a calf puller, which is a long rod with a pulley on the end. (Since I was helping, I used the photo below from another year.)
Welcome to the world, baby!
We left the two alone in the calving shed to get to know each other.
here to read that post and see the photos. (Since I was just an observer instead of a helper, you can probably see the equipment used better in that post.)
And, while the farm is full of miracles like this birth, this life also encompasses the other end of the spectrum. We did our best to help this baby whose mama didn't accept it. We thought we'd successfully grafted it to another mama. But it died over the weekend. RIP, little 003.