When I went in the barn, first thing this morning, I checked in on the overdue pregnant cow since I'm the first one there in that section of the barn in the morning and I could see that she was in labor and she was moaning but there were no feet sticking out yet and she was doing the same thing yesterday. But I could tell it was very close to her time.
I gave her some hay but she wasn't interested. At this point I usually call my son to come and check for himself but I'm getting more used to it now so I don't panic like I used to. I'm so sympathetic about their pains though, being a mother and all that. So I fed the barn cats and gave feed to the calves and bedding and eating hay and went down the other end of the barn to prepare and warm up their milk.
When I returned I could see huge feet sticking out so I called my son who was milking by then and the milk tester was there so he suggested that I call my husband. At this point the cow was down and her rear turned against the wall making it inaccessible to any assistance that she may need. My husband arrived, and neither of us could get her up at this point. She just wouldn't budge. My husband thought that the calf was coming out backward and could see the size of the calf by it's hooves and he called the vet. He decided that he had no time to waste and put chains around the calf feet and pulled and before I was able to offer help the calf came out very easy. The calf was in the right position after all. That was lucky. He cancelled the vet call. The huge calf was a bull, Not so lucky.
After my regular chores were done I went to town to pick some calf feed and ear tags for the cows, went to fill my near empty gas tank and returned home. My husband arrived home shortly after me with the truck and asked if I went through the check point by the Experimental Farm , (* my car was due for an inspection in September...). I said no. That was lucky for me and lucky for him because he had the truck inspected just last week.
I reminded him to make an appointment to have my car safety inspected and I was lucky again to get an appointment for 2:30 pm. this afternoon Then again no so lucky because I need a new ball joint and have an appointment for Friday... Then I got an email from my daughter Christine who was relieved that the ultra sound shows that it's definitely a boy and that all seems to be developing as should be at 24 weeks. Another lucky. So went my day. JB
- I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.