So instead of buying another cow we borrowed one from our neighbour. For a while we had a big dopey steer we called bozo and when the neighbour wanted him back to send to the sale yards he gave us an old dairy cow he had purchased as part of a group of cows.
|Freezer 2 is the one at the front, Bozo at the back.|
She has always been thin and no matter what we feed her she does not seem to put on weight. We thought she was finally starting to look a bit better a few weeks ago which we put down to extra hay we have been feeding and the mineral block they have had access to for the last few months.
So you can imagine my surprise when I was out near the paddock today and I saw a tiny calf standing next to her. I was speechless. Poor old lady had been carrying yet another calf.
Now you might think that we just missed the signs or are a bit clueless but trust me I know what pregnant cows look like as I grew up in a dairy farming area. I am not sure how she has managed to survive another pregnancy and the calf is very small so I am not sure how things will go from here. She does not seem to have a lot of milk but the calf is doing all the right things to get it when she can.
We have moved them into a paddock where there is plenty of of grass so hopefully that will help with her milk production but I think we will have to keep an eye on them.
Oh boy, it has been a big week on the farm. I am just hoping for a few calm and easy weeks as we lead into Christmas.
Have you had any big surprises like this before?