Friday, February 21, 2014

February Calving

The calves are dropping, blacks and whites, this year.  Gabe announced that a cow was birthing this afternoon, and sure enough, we could view from the window.  This mama cow showed how it is done.  Perfect Miraculous Instinct.
Here is Mama Cow.

Ooh.  Getting Uncomfortable.  "Probably worse than my worst leg ache,"  says Lydia.

Pushing Contraction

This was just the water sack that burst.

Later contractions, head appeared.

Just slipped out; just like that.

Still form on the ground.

Mama cow begins to lick.

There is movement!

Ahhh.  Baby lifts its head.

Newborn Baby Calf.

Nose to nose kiss.

First attempt to rise.

Bites the dust.

Mama Cow continues to encourage to try again.

Another nose kiss.

Mama Cow takes a rest but continues to lick and kiss from lying down.

Calf works to rise again.

On all fours!

Mama gets up as calf has found its legs.

Calf immediately gets into rooting position.

Mama continues to lick as calf works its way towards her udder.

Getting close with Mama Cow's gentle nudge.

That's the way!

Never seen calf up and nursing so quickly and without a dance.  This Mama Cow is a pro.

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