Baby Onboard

Jul
16

Adam and Robbie have been here today, back to finish up the goat house remodel. While they were here, I asked Adam to take a look at the cows. It’s been about four months since they might have been bred. Still a little early, but worth a check. Adam has been around milk cows all his life and knows as much as anybody knows about milk cows. He made friends with Glory Bee in particular when she and BP were at SarahGrace’s farm with the bull. He and Robbie work over there sometimes, too. Glory Bee became one of his favorites.


BP and Glory Bee were cooling their heels in the creek, enjoying their afternoon, when they considered themselves to be so rudely interrupted.

Adam punched around on BP first. “Punching” is the non-gross (aka non-invasive) method for feeling a calf.

He didn’t feel anything. Could be a little early, or could be that BP is too old to get pregnant. I’ve tried quite a bit to get her bred, so if this turns out not to have taken this time, it’s probably time to consider her retired from active service.

On to Glory Bee!

He is absolutely positive he felt a calf! She’s PREGNANT!!

He also said she has the best condition of any milk cow he’s ever seen. BP and I are right proud!

They were with the bull for a couple of months, so depending on when she was actually bred, she may calve in December or early January. I’ll be bringing the cows to the back barnyard for the winter again and will plan to bring them early so I can start working with Glory Bee, training her to come into the milking parlor at regular hours for feed.

Milking Glory Bee is going to be very interesting……..

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on July 16, 2012  

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  1. 7-16
    4:07
    pm

    Probably all that BP milk that she stole from you makes her in such good shape.

  2. 7-16
    4:11
    pm

    Congrats!! I now know that I have been around cow way to long when I notice what a nice looking cow you have in Glory Bee. Been watching a few too many 4H cow shows in the last few years I think. lol. She would of made a ribbon winning cow I think.

  3. 7-16
    4:13
    pm

    Well, if I dont say congrats on the new baby when it comes it might be because I am in the hospital having mine! Wow, never thought I would share my pregnancy with a wonderful cow like GB!!!! I am so happy for you and her! Maybe you are right about BP and she just needs to enjoy being a grandma for awhile…hehe

  4. 7-16
    4:17
    pm

    All I keep thinking is, but she’s just a baby! How can she be pregnant? It seems like just yesterday that she was born!

  5. 7-16
    4:27
    pm

    Yay!! GB will learn to milk. Though she’s been hesitant, okay stubborn, on EVERYTHING else she’s learned, she did learn.

    And it’s ok if BP retires, she’s going to finally be able to enjoy a grandbaby :happyflower:

  6. 7-16
    4:45
    pm

    Well glory be!!!

  7. 7-16
    5:17
    pm

    Yay! :shimmy: :shimmy:

  8. 7-16
    5:28
    pm

    Wow! Glory Bee is no longer a calf – she’s a real, grown-up, beautiful cow!!!

  9. 7-16
    5:53
    pm

    OMG…I can’t wait until you start milking her…the shenanigans she is going to pull!

  10. 7-16
    6:48
    pm

    Congrats! Start knitting those four baby booties!

  11. 7-16
    8:29
    pm

    yipee, the clatter of little hooves in the offing!

  12. 7-16
    8:43
    pm

    Does this mean that we have to stop calling Glory Bee the Bad Baby?

  13. 7-16
    8:52
    pm

    Congratulations!!

  14. 7-16
    9:37
    pm

    How exciting! Again, I am so happy for you!

  15. 7-16
    9:39
    pm

    hummm…I wonder if the same techniques that work on getting a horse to mind would work on a Bad Baby?! I’d check with Mike as it might be worth a try.
    Congrats. Does this make you a great-grandma? (snort)

  16. 7-16
    10:20
    pm

    Don’t give up on BP yet. Maybe Glory Bee got with calf right away and she is further along than BP.It would be so nice to have one more calf from her.
    Glory B is a beautiful heifer! Can’t wait to see her calf.

  17. 7-16
    11:50
    pm

    Congratulations to Glory Bee, grandmother Beulah Petunia, & you, Suzanne! So glad you have a barn for the winter birth.

  18. 7-17
    8:23
    am

    :woof: Perfect timing! I was just wondering about their status after their studcation!

  19. 7-17
    9:40
    am

    Seems like I was just laughing out loud at the “Hannibal Lecter” nose ring GB was sporting, haha! I wonder if her little one will be as spoiled as she was :cowsleep: Congratulations!

  20. 7-21
    8:50
    am

    HOW did I miss this post??? Thank you Suzanne for pointing this out and WAHOO! :dancingmonster:

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