Tuesday, April 20, 2010
First miniature Hereford calf of 2010 - Little Sprite
Well I just had to share this!
Its spring break for my two daughters this week, and they of course wanted to go somewhere for vacation...(anywhere but home, heaven forbid!!). Anyway, since the grandparents live at the Jersey shore (no, it really is not like the show, trust me...) that was where they wanted to go.
Well, here was the problem; I had a very pregnant heifer on my hands who was due the same time we would be gone. Not going to happen. Stay home on vacation to babysit a pregnant cow? My girls? Not going to happen! So, Sunday we drove 300 miles to NJ to meet the grandparents who then took them the additional 75 more miles to their house for the week, I had lunch, a nice visit, got back in the car and drove all the way BACK home, another 300 miles SO I COULD WAIT FOR THIS HEIFER TO HAVE HER CALF! Yes, 10 hours on the road to keep my girls happy (and my sanity...) and, being the crazy herdsman (woman...whatever..!.) that I (apparently) am, watch over my soon to be new mom.
She must have heard me, or knew I was gone but coming back, because don't you know the very next morning, Monday, I got up early to find my very pregnant heifer getting ready to calve. So at 6:30 am I settled into the pasture with my steaming mug of coffee to watch over the process, and, at 8:08 am Monday morning my very pregnant heifer gave birth to a lovely tiny little heifer calf!
Kinda made it all worth while.
And yes, my family still thinks I am just a little nuts I suppose, but they cannot deny the fact that when there is something that needs to be tended to with the livestock, I will do everything in my power to make sure it gets done, driving to Jersey and back if that's what it takes.
This is our bull Hawkeyes first calf. Weight at birth approx 25-30 lbs. She is also polled. Her momma is horned. Hawkeye is polled on both sides of his pedigree. He is available.