We didn't get off to a momentous start. Last Tuesday, a baby was born 3 weeks early to a cow on Peace Creek. It was just too small to survive.
Our 25 heifers began calving last Thursday. While the projected due date was today (January 28), the heifers who are calving are delivering full-term babies. We schedule our heifers to begin calving a couple of weeks prior to the whole cow herd, since the first-time moms require more frequent checking.
After the second time, I told Randy, "We need to find some higher panels." So we added three more panels to the corral right outside the calving shed. (I can testify that my muscles could feel the "burn" the next morning after lifting the panels into the back of the pickup, taking them out and helping to position them.)
After we fed the calf, we left it in the calving shed, figuring we'd have to continue to tube feed it or bottle feed it.
As you can see in the top two photos, it took awhile for the calf to figure out which end of the mother yielded the warm treat. Success!
|Photo from the Kansas State Historical Society, dated between 1891 and 1912|