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Calving … Starts now

Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 1:00 PM


I actually had a few reservations about doing this particular blog.  Just in case some of you don't wanna see it.  But then I decided, some of you might enjoy and appreciate the wonder and natural life of it all.... so if you don't like the graphic-ness of this, please just click "Back" now

We spend the weekends (the last few anyway, and for a few to come) checking on new born calves, and helping out when help is needed.   Actually this is what Wayne does full time, I only get to go on the weekend.

Most of the time, it works just like it's meant to, but from time to time, we need to step in and do our part.

This is one of the easy times, we come along and find these calves already born, unafraid and ready for life.  My horse is very interested!  All we do at these times is put a tag in the ear that matches his mommy.

very interested

beamer is interested


Then from time to time you find a heifer out in the field that may need just a bit of help.  You do as little as possible, and then hurry away, so she doesn't get too upset.

a little help calf 2partially born sees his new life

Sometimes we find a baby that has entered our world, and for whatever reason, doesn't get up to suck the colostrum from Mom.  We wait to make sure he/she isn't going to do it, then we step in again.


Most people know that there are times that serious intervention needs to occur.  This heifer had been 'trying' for more than an hour.... .  We like to see if they can complete the job themselves, but at some point have to make the decision to step in.  One way of telling that it's critical, is when the calf's head is out, and you can see that his tongue is swollen.  It's time to have it done.  We bring the cow into the barn, and help mother nature out. 

has to be pulled almost born

You can see below right the swollen tongue

a little more nearly more almost born and alive

Above right he is born and exhausted

hard cold world exhausted

He needed colostrum, and Mom wasn't in the mood right away.  So, Wayne milked her and fed it to the calf.

need colostrum almost enough mamas colostrum

You would think after she struggles for hours in pain, that she would be somewhat grateful, but she is pissed! She felt entitled to chase Wayne up the fence.  You might notice that I am leaning out of a door that I can shut at any second!

She didn't know yet, but she was being taken to her baby, who was already in soft straw waiting for her.

 she is not grateful

The following picture is not the two we delivered, but a calf (that lost his mother) that was grafted onto this cow that lost her calf. 

other successful stories


Hopefully No one is offended by these pictures.  They are educational and I take every opportunity to take our grandchildren to learn these life lessons.  I believe this can help bring "value" to the world "Life"

I love this life and hopefully you will love my sharing it with you.


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Thanks Marylin, I'm glad you enjoyed it too. I will be out on the fields looking for more to photo journalize.


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 12:57 PM

Jessie this is a great blog and so very informative

I have seen calf birthing in movies but they never went into so much depth. Your photos are wonderful

In real life I have only seen cats or dogs born.

Thanks for sharing it

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 12:02 PM

maybeso, I'm glad you looked at it, and enjoyed it,

Thanks for your comment!

Sas212 I'm also glad you looked, and hopefully some parents might show this to their kids to show some of how it is. Thanks for your comment.


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 9:14 AM

Beautiful Jessie and great blog! More kids need to be exposed to this natural process of life to understand it. I thank you for sharing it here.

-- Posted by LongTimeListener on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 8:53 AM

Wow. I have never seen a calve being born. I appreciated the warning in the front but knew I wanted to see. Great documentary photo work.

Thanks for sharing

-- Posted by maybeso on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 7:13 PM

You are very welcome Tracy! I'm glad you enjoyed it. That is something I will never get tired of seeing...babies coming into this life. I've seen kittens, puppies, (both several times) Horses three times... calves countless times.. (can't think of anyhting else right now) But it is always a joy when it's good, and anguish when it just doesn't work right. I've seen several deaths too.

The absolute most wonderful was seeing 3 of my 4 Grandchildren come into this world and into their Mothers and Father's arms. Tears come to my eyes at the very memory of each time. It seems that each time, there is a "Moment of complete silence" at that moment where maybe everyone is taking that breath of awe. I will never tire of new life.

Thanks again for your comment.


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 2:00 PM


What a GREAT blog. I loved the photos. Both of you are so good with the animals. It is nice to see this part of your life, which clearly you enjoy a lot. Thank you for sharing that. I saw one of my first calves born last year. It was pretty cool to watch it all happen. I have to admit that I hoped it went easy because although I had my plastic arm condom...I was not (and am not) very eager to use it. All went well and I got to watch it all. It was an experience. My momma cow was pretty nice. She allowed me to stay until that calf got up and went to look for milk. Then she swung that head around and told me I had better go. I did and did not even have to run or jump over a fence. It really was one of the "neatest" experiences in all of my years of cows and horses. Most of the time, they do this when nobody is around so you hardly ever get to see it from start to finish. Very cool. Thank you so much.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:52 PM

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