Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gale Calved!

Just about 2 hours ago. I'm absolutely frozen and tired but so glad SHE is finally here! Yes, she had a gorgeous VERY long awaited purebred Jersey heifer. They are snuggled in a bed of straw in the barn. The calf was upside down, and as she started coming out all I could see were upside down hooves and the underside of a chin, then she got stuck there and I had to help pull the calf. Then Gale " played dead " absolutely scaring the sh*t out of me, I got so flustered that I stepped in the bucket of udder wash and flailed around on the milk room floor for a bit before getting my act together. I think she's okay, she is very alert and LOVES her baby, but I'm not gonna get much sleep tonight! Not that unusual, but I'm a sissy about going to the barn after dark in the winter. The coyotes could smell blood and were starting to cause a racket, then the dog goes beserk barking and charging off into the woods.
I still can't believe she actually had a heifer! Pics and more tommorrow, I'm heading back out to the barn.


  1. Hurray! Congratulations! Can't wait to see pics.

  2. YEA!!!
    How exciting, a baby girl. Can not wait to see the pics of momma and baby!
    How many will you have in milk now?
    Do try and get some rest.lol Who am I kidding, I wouldn't sleep a wink either.
    Congrats, Lynea

  3. Congratulations, Jessika! I'm so happy for you!


  4. Thank you! I'll get some pics in a bit. When I snuck out to the barn this morning I found the baby happily nursing and Gale chewing her cud. I'm happy to report NO milk fever so far. The baby has dried off really light colored.