Friday, April 06, 2007

Secret

That's my Jersey heifer, Secret. She's two months old, and I've been feeding her milk replacer from a bucket. I'm getting ready to wean her. I had been giving her "formula" twice a day, but last night she had to do without. I'll keep giving her some morning milk until this bag of milk replacer is gone, and then, assuming she's eating plenty of calf starter (grain), she'll be officially weaned.

Somehow, before I bought Secret, her ears had been frost-bitten, so she actually lost the ends of them within a couple weeks of our buying her. The damage was barely discernable the day we picked her up, and we didn't notice it until we got her home. I was disappointed, to say the least. Jerseys have a lovely, sweet face. Their ears are part of their beauty, and I had no way of knowing for sure just how much of her ears she'd lose.

I've seen cows go through sale barns with absolutely no ears (or tail), as a result of being born in zero weather. So I'm glad Secret kept over half of hers.

The former owners didn't know about the ears; the damage was barely evident when we picked her up, at the age of three weeks. I thought about contacting them, but we knew these were good people who wouldn't deliberately sell us a defective calf. In fact, when the lady found out about it last week, she offered to give us our money and take Secret back. And even reimburse us for whatever we had spent on milk replacer.

But I was already attached to the calf. Besides, it's next to impossible to find somebody who will sell you a baby Jersey.

And I'm used to the short ears now.

6 comments:

Midlife Mom said...

She is just beautiful any way!! Having shorter ears just makes her unique. She sure has grown since you got her. I didn't know you could get a calf that young, three weeks!

Lindie said...

Well, she is a pretty baby and those of us that don't know better will not even notice!

BarnGoddess said...

awww Secret is soooo cute! she really is! her ears are just a part of her character now. Cattle of any kind have never been a favorite animal of mine (I think it comes from the ranchwork I used to do!) but you are making me want to run out and get a Jersey. I wont tho, they seem like a lot of work to me for some silly reason....

hows your filly coming along in your round pen? I was thinking about y'all the other day :)

Astaryth said...

Secret is just adorable... and I agree with the others, her ears will just make her unique!

Anonymous said...

HEY DONNA I COULD NOT TELL ABOUT HER EARS SHE IS CUTE THE WAY SHE IS THIS IS JO

Oak Spring farm said...

I like her looks too and I agree this breed is so pretty and those eye lashes are just wow :)

Kay