Country Living Series

Sunday, April 4, 2010

No Easter lamb, but an Easter calf instead

We have another calf! It was a hideous day of weather yesterday, with cold temperatures and screaming wind. Naturally this was the day Ebony, our heifer, decided to give birth to her first calf. None of us were foolish enough to be outside in such nasty weather so I didn't see the calf until long after it was dried off and skittering around. I scooped it up and brought it into the barn, a place Ebony hates to go (we dehorned her last year in the barn and she hasn't set foot inside it since). But in such weather I didn't want to have that poor calf exposed more than it had to be.

Ebony was NOT pleased, but we barricaded her inside whether she liked it or not. I had loaned our camera to someone and won't have it back until this afternoon, after which I'll post photos. Older Daughter named the calf Nix, which in Greek mythology is a goddess of the night (thus continuing our attempt at "black" names since our Dexter calves are black). Nix is a little heifer.

Ebony won't like it, but we'll probably keep her in the barn until Tuesday, when we can dehorn the calf. We use dehorning paste now instead of the more traumatic manual dehorning on an older calf (as we did with Ebony), and the earliest we can dehorn is at three days old.

In contrast to yesterday's hideous weather, today is calm and sunny and beautiful. So there you go - no Easter lamb, but an Easter calf instead. Life on a farm!


  1. What a blessing it is to have a new addition on a day that is about renewal.I hope your farm business continues to do well in light of the new challenges you face.

  2. I just wanted to thank you for your article in Backwoods Home on owning a dairy cow! Maybe next year I will have a calf to raise for a future Easter dinner too!