The waiting game is over, for me at least. Our new bundle of joy, Owen Douglas, arrived Tuesday (Jan. 5) and is a healthy and happy baby boy.
He hasn’t met much of the outside world yet given its been at or below freezing since his arrival and well, no need to venture out when you can stay in where it’s warm and cozy.
The waiting game continues, however, for the hubs, who welcomes anywhere from 5 to 15 new calves to the farm each day. Current weather conditions have not made calving easy for our heifers. We received about an inch of rain earlier this week and with the ground not frozen, everything turned to mud. Add to the sloppy conditions single-digit temps and wind chills below freezing at night and you have conditions that can be deadly to any new animal.
We like to let our mothers calve out in open pasture but we’ve kept them under shelter and away from the mud the past few nights. That allows us to keep an eye on each and every mother and new baby and provides them a dry, warm spot to deliver their babies.
People always think we are crazy calving this time of year. And we may be. Usually we are only dealing with cold temps but this year the moisture has thrown a wrench in things. However, there are many factors that go into determining when new babies should arrive and the math tells us this is the time to start.
The hubby and his father will continue welcoming new calves for the next two months. Granted it will get easier as the weather improves and we move from heifers, which are cows delivering their first calves and therefore much be watched more closely, to cows, which are calving pros.
Calving season is rough on everyone, the hubs and his father sacrafice sleep and we do without dad and family time. Our most important addition to the farm is now safely here, now to wait for the few hundred more four-legged friends to arrive!