Country Living Series

Saturday, March 27, 2010


So I was just settling myself down to milk Matilda this morning when one of the neighbor boys came panting up. "Samantha just had her calf!" he gasped. Samantha is their Jersey cow. She was bred to Gimli, our bull, last spring and they've been waiting for her to give birth.

Our girls quickly pelted over to see the new baby. I finished milking, then grabbed the camera and headed over too. I was met at the fence of their corral by my oldest daughter. "Twins!" she shrieked. "She's having twins!"

I vaulted over the fence (okay, I climbed cumbersomely) and dashed over.

You can see the first calf on the ground near the wall. Gee, uh, guess where that second calf is?

Calf #1 tries to stand.

The second calf just sort of hung there for the longest time - at least five minutes. All the kids were speculating it was dead. But Samantha was just waiting for another contraction to push it out.

Sloop! There it goes.

The baby was still almost totally encased in the amniotic sac. Samantha starts to lick and slurp it away.

Meanwhile the kids still speculated the second calf was dead because it hadn't so much as twitched.

Suddenly the calf twitched and took a breath, and everyone cheered.

Samantha has the sac almost all the way off.

My husband had an appointment for which he needed the camera, so after this last shot I had to dash home, download the photos, and pass the camera off to him before coming back to coo over the new babies. I'll take more shots of the dried-off cuties as soon as I can.

Oh, and they're both little heifers! Sweet little girls, as yet unnamed. UPDATE: They named them Daisy and Lilly.

You know, I've heard it said by some people that rural children are pathetic and deprived because they never get to go to museums, concerts, or any of the other fine amenities a city has to offer.

I beg to differ.


  1. Rural children are in no way deprived. In fact, I believe the city kids are deprived in that they never get to witness all the wonders that rural life has to offer. Sure, museums are great, but seeing a calf come into this world is AMAZING!

  2. We don't live in the city but we are not really rural either, and I always feel that our children are missing out. I am always dreaming about moving to the "middle of nowhere". I have always felt that the rural children are the luckiest. I grew up in a tiny town in southern Idaho and did many things that our kids can not do. Like watching calves be born. What a blessing to see!

  3. Isn't evolution amazing? How did it..uhh they umm...whatever that wonderful thing is that does that do it? Hardy har! Have a GREAT Easter everyone. Praise the Lord!

  4. I prefer not to assist with calving, but to leave it hanging for 5 minutes like this is not wise as the navel cord gets thin because of stretching, and also no help when the sack stays over the head. Close call.
    Dogs eating afterbirth is a bad idea, risk for neospora.