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George, our first Shetland calfRSS feed

Friday 25 May, 2012

by Rosemary at 9:36pm in Cattle 7 comments Comments closed

Our Shetland heifer, Breeze, was due to calve today - and she did!

When I fed them at 8am, I noticed a wee bit of fluid on her back end and she was very pauky - raising her tail and asking for a rub. Although today was her due date, I didn't really think she's go bang on time but I decided to check her at 10am, before I started work in the office. When I went into the field, she was flat out at the far end, with her back to me. I wasn't sure if she was just sunbathing (it's been glorious here today), but as I approached, she stood up and I could see the calf. I ran back for Dan and by the time we got back, he was born.

George just bornGeorge, newly born Shetland calf

Just as well we did go over though, as the sac was over his head and fluid filled. Breeze was focussing on sooking up the fluids (hope you're not eating) and I'm sure he would have died. Anyway, he didn't and he's been well licked by his mommy, sniffed by Blizzard and Henry and is up and about.

Breeze and GeorgeBreeze and George

He's trying all four teats in turn. We have decided to call him George - since we have a Henry, we're having the Kings of England for our bullocks names.

George sucklingGeorge suckling

We thought he was black but now he's dry, we're not so sure. Certainly, he has two white socks behind and a white tip on his tail but he looks grey / brown. Breeze seems to like him a lot, but she also seems quite relaxed about us being near him and I've picked him up and handled him and she's fine.

Now we need to sort out castration and tagging - what fun this learning curve is!

Comments

princesspiggy

Friday 25 May, 2012 at 11:24pm

great stuff, its handy u r a few months ahead of us, so we can pick ur brains when needed, lol

sabrina

Saturday 26 May, 2012 at 8:14am

What a wonderful experience for you, he looks a good strong calf.

claire

Sunday 27 May, 2012 at 9:56pm

aww, wee poppet.

Neil

Thursday 31 May, 2012 at 1:28pm

Congratulations! Don't you just love a happy ending.

Neil

Thursday 31 May, 2012 at 1:31pm

I guess that as you are naming him and refering to him as your bullock, you are planning to use him for breading and not meat?

Neil

Thursday 31 May, 2012 at 1:33pm

Or maybe not as I've just finnished reading the rest and you mention castration.

Eddy

Monday 25 June, 2012 at 12:33pm

It is my dream to have a small holding so this blog of yours is brilliant.I have lived my life with a connection to Mother Nature and the childhood days spent on my Mamgu's (Grandmother's)farm has so contributed to my dream.Sadly she died when I was 12 years old but the wonderful memories are as vivid as ever.

I am so looking forward to following you on here.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

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