It’s like my Christmas Time.
One of my favorite times of the year is here! There is so much time, effort, & planning that goes into this. So many people had there hands in and their role in what’s about to happen. IT’S CALVING SEASON!!
The whole family gets excited to start to see these little babies running around out in the yard. Will they be all black? Will they have some white? Will we have more girls (heifers) than boys (bulls)? How many times will we have to call the vet out to assist? Will we have to pull any? Any C-sections? So many questions that will soon be answered!
Calving season usually lasts two months around here. This year we are expecting 13 calves to be born. Hopefully all healthy!! Now starts the sleepless nights. This is where Kurt and I really help each other out, and sync up. We are constantly checking the cameras to see if we are seeing any action out of our gorgeous ladies! It seems as though a large majority of our calves have been born in the middle of the night, when its absolutely freezing outside!
Camera’s are the best!
After a year or two of Kurt or I (lets me honest… mainly Kurt) getting up in the middle of the night a few times, getting dressed, and going out to the barn to check on them, I talked him into getting cameras. So now its easy to check on them, we can stay all cuddled in bed in our jammies and under the blankets.
I am still learning when it comes to looking for the signs, but here are the basics:
- Their tailheads are knocked up, or sticking up higher than normal.
- They will be more swollen in their back ends (I think you know what I mean when I say that.. right?!?!)
- There will be some discharge (Am I the only one who hates that word?)
- Their milk should start dropping. So their milk sac with get fuller, and their udders will get more full. You can tell when the wrinkles in their udders start to go away that its really starting to drop.
I feel like each year I learn something completely new. Maybe that’s why I look forward to it so much. I can’t wait to share this years stories with you all! There are always a few really interesting ones that seem to happen.
Like the time the vet had to come over and do a C-section at midnight because the calf was so big it took 3 people to pull her out. Or the time that we lost a calf because he was sooooo big, that poor guy weighed over 130 lbs, and it took 5 of us to pull him out. There are always some good stories. So here goes the 2019 calving season!