Monthly Archives: April 2008

Meet Stew

…He was born yesterday, April 26 at 12:30pm. 

Stew

This is the first time that we’ve had a calf born to us, and boy was it a lot of work!  We watched his mama in anticipation as she paced the pasture and looked for a nice, quiet, shady area to give birth to this humongous beast she had been carrying for the past nine months… I know the feeling.

If you cannot handle birth stories and seeing pictures of birthing, I advise you to stop reading and go to a different blog.  We’re gonna get graphic and I don’t want to upset any stomachs.

Pushin'

I was watching her while she turned in circles under some oaks, and noticed her friends grazing as they wandered by, completely unconcerned for their sister in bovine-dom.  She struggled a little with the head and we noticed that the sack was not breaking on it’s own.  So my hubby decided to intervene for the little guy and give him a breather.

Helpin'

By this time, “Layla” was very happy to have some help.  And while my hubby and a friend (Dixie’s hubby) were working on the barn, it was good to have two men around to help pull that baby out.  They just gave some traction while Layla pushed, and that little guy came sliding out.

An Entrance

Layla let both hubbies doctor the umbellical cord and check him out with out a problem and then decided she’d better get up and get moo-ving because that guy needed a bath pronto.

Cleaning

A woman’s work is never done.

Then they decided that it would be good to take a nap in the warm spring air and enjoy eachother’s company a while.  Layla has proved to be a good mama.

Nap Time

And once he got clean enough, this mama thought it’d be safe to introduce the two babies.  I think they instantly took to eachother.

Annie & Stew

But don’t get too attached, there’s a reason his name is Stew.

Slain in the Sun

Poor poor creatures.  With all the snow we’ve received this past winter, they’re not sure what to do with all the sun we’ve been having lately.  I was driving out my driveway and found them…

Slain Horses

Fat on the new spring grass and warmed by the sun, they resorted to this.

Slain By The Sun

I saw a glimmer of hope when Cali raised her head for a brief moment.  I thought maybe she’d pull out of it… I should of run out to her rescue and pulled on her forelock to help her to her feet.

Burdened with Grass

She lacked the ability to stand though was one of the three least affected, I’m sure she’ll be a gonner in minutes.  Poor Sunnie and Annie… They’ll be lost forever.

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