Update on Matilda: nothing yet.
A reader sent in a due date of February 6, according to a bovine gestation table and assuming a breeding date of April 30 which - trust me on this - is accurate.
As you can see, she is still massively bagged up. Grunt, that looks uncomfortable.
Here's Pearly, Matilda's year old calf, giving her mama a kiss.
Boy Jerseys are funny-looking things, aren't they? All skin and bone. But such beautiful eyes and such a sweet disposition...
Anyway, this morning we pulled Matilda and Pearly into the driveway area so the calf won't be born somewhere down in the woods or in the deeply muddy area by the feed bins. It's been bitterly cold and clear for the last couple of days (it was 4F this morning) so we're keeping a sharp eye on things. At least we have no snow on the ground. My preference would be for her to have her calf inside her pen where the baby can be protected and tucked into a nice bed of straw.