Sunday, August 22, 2010

We have a calf; it's a boy

When I went to the barn this morning, here's what Bonnie was doing.





Even though she's been doing this for a week, she seemed more serious about it today.


At one point she went to the gate, trying to indicate to me that she'd much rather have her baby in the pasture.  Yeah, we tried that last year and ended up with a calf at the bottom of a canyon.


Once the water balloon came out, I knew it wouldn't be long.


Then came the feet.


 Sister-in-law Rena joined me for the excitement about the time the feet showed up, and she got to see me sit down in a pool of cow amniotic fluids so I could grab the baby's feet and give a little pull to help Bonnie, each time she started pushing.   I handed Rena the camera, since I had fluids all over my hands, and she took the first pictures.


"Who turned on the lights?"  

Cute face, eh?


He thought this was the breakfast bar, so I guided him to the real source of his nourishment.


Now the only thing left for Bonnie to do is get rid of the afterbirth.  I don't think I'll take any pictures of that.  


Several have asked if there will be a naming contest like last year.  Since he's a boy, I think probably the answer is yes; but I will ask that the names have nothing to do with what the baby will become after he's butchered.  Not that I'm squeamish; I'd just rather have another kind of name.  I'm not sure my freezer will be ready for him in a year, so we may end up selling him at weaning.

13 comments:

Lindie said...

Glad she finally had him. Too bad he wasn't a she!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Grandma.

sam

ingasmile said...

So cute! Glad Bonnie and baby are doing well.

Inga

FrankandMary said...

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Celeste said...

Good job Bonnie and Donna!

nerves05 said...

Yea for Bonnie, Glad it's over for her. He's adorable.

Astaryth said...

What a cutie! Love the little face. Glad he is finally here... and I'll bet Bonnie is too ;)

Tango said...

Beautiful!!! I know Bonnie must be very happy.

madcobug said...

He is beautiful. Glad that is over with and that everything turned out good. Helen

small farm girl said...

You e a good looking baby there!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

He sorta looks like a boy too. Congrats to his mama for a job well done. I'm sure Bonnie is thankful that ordeal is over as well. With that spot on his nose the name for him is almost obvious.

Adirondackcountrygal said...

He is adorable! I like the name Ferdinand, I mentioned that on Facebook. From the story about Ferdinand the Bull. There is also a man who blogs who is named Ferdinand also I believe, he calls himself Fern.

Lori said...

So adorable, and well worth the wait!