Thursday, March 5, 2015

Just in case and a beautiful day to be born..........

There is not, in my opinion,
anything more mysterious in nature than this instinct in animals,
which thus rise above reason,
and yet fall infinitely short of it.
                                  Joseph Addison


I drive past a snowy white chunky bull calf feeding off his mom. I think about how the cows know exactly what they are doing. Sitting here in the tractor, after finishing feeding the cows and then making sure they have ample access to water, I turn the motor off to sit. Watching and waiting.

It is finally a warm day; ONE degree Celsius and the sun is pushing hard to peek from behind the clouds. It is the perfect day to be born. The red Hereford, one of our more experienced cows, lies on the thick bedding in the middle of the snow covered ground, she is in labour. I try to get comfortable sitting in the tractor knowing she knows exactly what she is doing, hoping it will not be too long but knowing I will not leave. I grab my pen and paper. My years of farming and calving experience has taught me to let her be, but stay where I am, ‘just in case’. Sometimes the ‘just in case’ can happen whether we want it or not. You best respect that.

A couple of the other moms wander over to say “Hello” and check out this moment and to show their support and encouragement, she stands up. I can now see the feet emerging. I know things are going the way they are supposed to by the presentation of the feet. Much like a swimmer diving into the water, the front feet are pointed down and the head is tucked just behind. I smile knowing this is a very good sign, scratching off one of those ‘just in case’ moments. She lies back down and I wait. She knows what she is doing, and I will let her go about something she has done many times before. This requires my patience, and the experience to know when to intervene, or not, by those warning signs that may be presented.


Little snowy white legs, then the head with eyes open, and then the rest of its body slides out quickly. Mom takes about a second to rest, then quickly jumps up and starts cleaning it off. The head of snowy white bobs up and down as Mom licks it off, stimulating and warming the bundle of joy. This is when I exit the tractor, walk over to say “Hello” and make sure all is well. Mom completely ignores me concentrating on the task at hand, bonding with her newborn. The little girl (heifer) calf keeps trying to stand up and falling down; she is in a hurry to get on with her life. She is a very good Mom and she continues cleaning and soothing with soft moos, while paying no mind to what is going on around her. 


Other Moms walk over to greet the newest member of the family. I can see that everything is as it should be; I leave her to tend to what she knows by instinct. I will come back later to make sure this little one is feeding off Mom. I start the tractor then head to the house for my breakfast.


It is a beautiful day to be born.

Later.

48 comments:

  1. Wonderful post and photos ! I do love Herefords as we raised them on our farm ! What a pretty calf , good work mom now rest and enjoy your lovely baby ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  2. Sounds like a great way to start the day, Miss B! Watching a calf be born, a good Mama and no problems, it doesn't get much better. Hope warmer temperatures find you soon.

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  3. A beautiful day to be born, and you her guardian angel keeping both safe from harm!

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  4. what a beautiful post.....

    gentle hugs, Tessa~

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  5. What a wonderful way to start the day...watching the miracle of birth!

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  6. "she knows what shes doing" What excellent respect you have for your girls...We are getting warm here - will send it your way! xoxo

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  7. always good when things go as they should. :)

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  8. B,

    God's gift of life.....just love it!!!
    I'm happy to see and hear Mom handled this birth with no problems.
    Congrats on another new calf :-)
    Hugs to you and your Hero.
    Sandy

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  9. What a beautiful little baby.

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  10. That must be so cold for those new born little calves, I feel so sorry for them.
    She is so pretty.
    Lynne x

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  11. I will miss this.

    Beautiful calf and good mom.

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  12. Nice to hear/see that things went smoothly!

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  13. A truly magical heart-warming post. Thank you.

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  14. A wonderful post. A good day, indeed!

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  15. How old is that little bull calf? He's HUGE!

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  16. Wow, glad to see it went well.

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  17. Grace, a birth is such a miracle. I helped my mare foal a colt...marvelous experience.

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  18. what a joy to see that, so very, very special.

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  19. Another miracle:) Thanks for sharing:)

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  20. To watch a new life enter the world - it's a good day, indeed.

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  21. Any day is a good day to be alive, no? :)

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  22. It's always a wonderful moment when the calf is breathing and looks alert. Thanks for sharing this miracle of life.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  23. The just in case is so very important! Glad mama and baby are good.
    How is Ms.Lucy? Is she a little terror now? :)
    Cheri

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  24. Such a beautiful post, Buttons! Wonderful that all was well with that baby! xo

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  25. Awesome conclusion. You also have a very descriptive account of the birth. No matter how many times you see a birth it is always exciting.

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  26. Indeed.... Sweet Mom and Babe.

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  27. What a lovely story and it's true :). hugs M xoxox

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  28. Perfect.....is it not truly amazing when things go right! When the flap their wet ears against their head and snort..ahh new calves!

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  29. It's a beautiful day to read a blog post such as this, too. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

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  30. How lucky for you to observe this wonderful life event. I am sure there have been times when things don't go well, and that must be heart-wrenching, but it's good that you are there "just in case."
    Your photos tell the story as much as your words, and it is all beautiful.

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  31. Wow.... cute one!! Happy to see the miracle of nature

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  32. Totally agree!!! Beautiful calf~

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  33. Very sweet post. You told this birthing story in such a lovely manner.

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  34. You really took me back. It's been a few years since I've been involved in calving but the memories of those first moments are so sweet. Thanks so much for sharing. Joan

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  35. Thank you for sharing it with us. The calf is darling!

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  36. Wow, what a wonderful experience! A miracle indeed. Funny how Moms know what to do.

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  37. it is a miracle....an awesome day to be born!!!!!

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  38. How lovely, you described it all so beautifully. I could imagine the warm steam coming from the calf's body as Mum cleans her up. Thanks for sharing that lovely experience with us... it brings back memories :D)

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  39. wow, what a sight to see! so beautiful!! :)

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  40. What a fabulous experience to watch life being started. A beautiful post my friend.

    Hugs~

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  41. Do you calve out your heifers? I always enjoyed the older cows when they calved, but I dreaded the heifers. New moms aren't so brilliant. Glad it is warmer.

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  42. A wonderful post, B. The universe unfolding just the way it was meant to by the Creator.

    Nice to see the weather has improved (relatively speaking of course).

    Enjoy the new week.

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  43. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful 'moment' with us and a fantastic mum giving birth and caring for her new born.
    As a city dweller, it makes me envious. I regret I was too young when on the farm to remember very much. I do though remember the cat having kittens on my bed when I was 8 and, at the, time that was quite an experience for me.
    I know you work hard and your work never stops but it is still a wonderful life you lead. Hugs

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