Here's what Penny looked like as a baby, back when we had a contest to name her:
That was before the incident that messed up her ear. The lesson she taught us was this: NEVER let any dehorning paste get on any part of a calf's body except for the immediate area around the horn buttons.
Penny can hardly walk at this point in her pregnancy because her udder is so huge with milk (and edema). I have been keeping her in the big lot for the last couple of days, fearing that she might give birth early; we never want a cow giving birth in the pasture where a new calf can (and often does) fall into a canyon. Because Penny was raised alone, she doesn't mind being kept by herself, although Grace, the lead cow, protests Penny's absence often. Cows are herd animals, so Penny's silence seems very strange to me. I think perhaps she is the first cow I've owned that doesn't mind being by herself. Just like me, she's an introvert.
I've been putting Penny in the stanchion twice daily, right after I'm done with Grace, so she will adapt quickly to the routine of being milked (or of having to allow calves to nurse her that she didn't give birth to, alongside her own baby).
By the way, I realize my header picture needs replacing. I'm hoping to get a good picture of Penny with her calf when she has it (God willing all goes well), and I will use that for a header picture.