Uprooted Magnolia

First Born

Posted in Calving, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on March 7, 2016

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Our first calf arrived on Friday and he was born to a first time mother. When Patrick saw the heifer in labor that morning, he got her into the barn for privacy and so that we could assist her if she needed it. She labored for about 3 hours until we saw hooves. We gave her 30 more minutes to have it on her own and sure enough, after a long and loud moo/grunt/squeal, he entered our world. I went in a checked on her and she was laying upright and very tired. The calf was alive and just laid there quietly. It was obvious that she didn’t know what happened or even saw that she had a calf. I gave her some water and left her alone to rest. About 10 minutes went by and she stood up. When she turned around and saw this little slimy bundle, she started humming loudly and was licking him like crazy. She was immediately in love and so energetic and exited. This excitement and mothering doesn’t always happen, especially with heifers. But this lady loves her baby and is taking such good care of him. We are happy and relieved that this was a calm and happy birth. We have a few more heifers to calve out and several cows to calve. We’re just getting started and I pray this will be a smooth calving season. And so it begins…

PS: Our Winter Art Fair went well on Saturday. Just wish you could’ve been there. 🙂


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  1. pony said, on March 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I miss that!

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  2. lexy3587 said, on March 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Just a huge AWWW. Glad things went well for the first time momma!

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  3. Jessica Adam said, on March 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Oh my gosh. Happy tears here. The wonderful way you write, “put” me peeking in to that barn to see that happy momma.

    Congratulations on the first one going well.

    Glad your art show went well, too!

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  4. Jane Lurie said, on March 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    How beautiful, Leah. Your image and story made my day. 🙂

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  5. laura lecce said, on April 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Hi Leah,
    What a beautiful photo and a lovely story. Having no experience with anything like this I had to Google the difference between a heifer and a cow (inexperienced vs experienced mothers)… now I better understand what you mean about it being more difficult/confusing for a mum with her very first baby. Best of luck with the remaining births and thank you for sharing this wonderful moment,
    Laura

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    • leahyetter said, on April 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Laura! I’ve explained the difference in earlier blog posts but sometimes I forget to highlight that. We are just over halfway through calving and I’ll be glad when it’s over! 🙂 Cheers!

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      • laura lecce said, on April 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        Its ok, no need for you to repeat yourself every time. I can imagine its pretty stressful for yourselves also going through this, I’m sure there are times when things go pretty wrong. I don’t think I’d ever get sick of seeing baby animals born though!

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