S: Our Baby
FC: Our Baby
2: 2 more weeks... | Wed. 2/10/10 First visit. Still in back lot, had to walk out there where she was lying by the hay bin curled up in the hay. It wasn’t all that cold out though, so I’m not sure if she was laying there for warmth or just for fun. She smiled nicely for the camera and didn’t even get up when I was petting her. | Body Condition Score: 3.5
4: Thur. 2/11/10 Had to take Morgan for 7 AM feeding. Cow was moved from back lot to close-up lot. She seemed good, nothing different. She was happy to make the move but didn’t run like some of the other cows. She’s got a good temper. Body Condition: 3.5
5: Fri. 2/12/10 Went out real quick before lab to get a picture. She was at the back fence talking to a white-faced Holstein such the social girl. Didn’t really want to talk to us though. Body Condition: 3.5
6: Sun 2/14/10 Over in the corner of the lot where she seems to like to hang out but this time all by herself. As soon as we came over all the little babies came over to talk to us and I think she got jealous. Body Condition: Around 3.8 | Mon 2/15/10 She was hanging out with the Guernsey sticking her head out the feed ally way. That was very considerate of her as we didn’t have to get muddy. Nothing looked different. Body Condition: 3.8
7: Tue 2/16/10 Didn’t see her at first but then found her up close in the covered hay area up against the wall. I guess she was hiding from the wind. She was standing though, unlike most of the cows that were up there. Nothing seemed different. She was even more social today than usual.. possibly because she didn’t have any friends around that she was trying to impress. Body Condition: 3.8 | Wed 2/17/10 Milking at 3 AM.. It was very dark outside and hard to find her, but we saw her laying down under the covered area. It was hard to do a physical evaluation but she seemed to be resting comfortably. | Thur 2/18/10 She was lying on some fresh hay with a group of other cows. She coughed a few times and had greenish diarrhea when we were there. Body Condition: 3.8
8: Fri 2/19/10 She got moved up to the hospital barn! No huge obvious changes. Her vulva did seem a little bigger maybe? I’m assuming they just moved her because she’s within a few days of being due. Body Condition: 4.0
9: Mon 2/22/10 Up in hospital barn. Her udder was noticeably bigger. It seemed pretty big for a Jersey udder. Also, vulva didn’t seem much bigger in diameter but it seemed swollen. Tail ligament didn’t seem to be too loose. Body Condition: 4.0
10: Tue 2/23/10 *BABY BORN* Went to the farm around 6:30 that night and couldn’t find mom in the hospital barn and eventually found her with the fresh milking cows. No sign of afterbirth so we’re assuming she had already passed it. Looking at her, I would have never guessed she had just given birth a few hours earlier.
11: IT'S A BOY! | Baby was born “early afternoon.” They didn’t call us, so we had no idea. It’s a bull calf. He’s all brown with a dark brown on the last couple inches of his tail. We went to see him in the calf barn in the dark. SO CUTE! He was curled up but eventually stood up for us. His umbilical chord was visible still hanging down.
12: Wed 2/24/10 Went to check on mom and baby. Mom looked good, udder still large. She was being social with the other cows as usual. Body Condition: 3.5 | Baby was again lying down. We couldn’t get him to stand up for us to measure his weight so we had to do it with him lying down. He’s about 75 lbs already. He was shivering and kind of scrunching up his nose. Also he pooped while we were there but it seemed like he was straining and almost painful for him. Constipated?
16: February 23, 2010 | IT'S A BOY!! | 75 lbs.