Farm Life

Calving Season

Today we got some of the best news ever – LORETTA IS PREGNANT!  The vet had to come out to give the girls their vaccinations and we had a few questions to ask him, so it was the perfect time to get her checked. He said she is about 5-6 months along and may calve sometime in July. So that means that Barney is most likely not the daddy, so it was probably one of the bulls that she was hanging with next door after the AI didn’t work, early last fall. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that Loretta is not getting kicked off the farm. Patsy is looking healthy and has about 3 more weeks until she calves.

To prepare for our first foray into calving, Anthony spent some time at the farm next door. He learned a lot and feels much more confident than he did a few weeks ago. I’m still somewhat of a wreck. I’m really hoping to wake up one morning and see a calf out in the pasture. That way I know everything worked the way it was supposed to and neither one of us had to intervene.

Anthony made a video documenting his experience next door with one the calves that needed some help coming into the world. THIS VIDEO IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC – so watch at your own risk. It’s a heifer giving birth and it’s ALL out there. Watch if you’re interested, move along if this makes you nervous. Most of all, please wish us luck or whatever else you think we will need.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Pat Lee 2017-04-26 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the video. I had never seen a calf born (and my dad was a vet) so this was a first. Congrats to you both on all you’ve learned and accomplished and been kind enough to share. Best to ALL of the family, old, new and to come.

    • Reply Michelle 2017-04-28 at 6:58 pm

      You’re welcome, Pat. We’re glad you liked it! And thank you for following along and being interested in our adventures. Hopefully many more to come.

  • Reply annscraftstudio 2017-04-23 at 8:39 pm

    I love seeing the new baby and cannot wait to come to the farm. I love the name also. Great job, thanks for letting us enjoy it too. Mom

    • Reply Michelle 2017-04-23 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks, we can’t wait until you come out!

  • Reply Laura Dennison 2017-04-23 at 3:16 am

    I love reading your blog! You are so darn funny! Love everything about it! Good luck with the baby!

    • Reply Michelle 2017-04-23 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks so much Laura, thanks for reading!

  • Reply Terrence McAllister 2017-03-30 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you both so much for allowing us to share in your experiences. So jealous.

    • Reply Michelle 2017-04-03 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks so much for following along, we love that you like reading it!

  • Reply Mom 2017-03-29 at 9:05 pm

    OMG I cried and I don’t know why. I guess I am just so excited for you guys and hope all goes well . I know Anthony is prepared now for anything. It is wonderful seeing how happy you both are on the farm.

    • Reply Michelle 2017-03-29 at 9:09 pm

      Ha! Thanks Momma. We are excited too, and it’s so nice to have everyone’s support.

  • Reply Kurt 2017-03-29 at 6:08 pm

    All the best guys. Great to have you immersed in the area. .

    • Reply Michelle 2017-03-29 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks Kurt, we are so happy to be here!

  • Reply Cindy Koch 2017-03-29 at 5:37 pm

    You guys should tag your first calf #703. 🙂

    • Reply Michelle 2017-03-29 at 6:37 pm

      No tagging for us, with only 2 coming.

  • Reply Cindy Loomer 2017-03-29 at 12:33 pm

    Enjoyed it eminsely; brings me back to my childhood days where I visited the dairy farm up the street on Newland in Garden Grove, CA. Congrats and hoping all goes well in 3 weeks!! Love to you both!
    Cindy

    • Reply Michelle 2017-03-29 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks so much Cindy, glad you liked it!

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