I love babies. It really doesn't matter what kind of babies, I love them all. I'm also a patient person, but when it comes to waiting for a baby to make their entrance into the world, I tend to get impatient.
Marissa, our last Randall cow yet to calve, seems to not want to give her baby up. It's driving me insane! I was originally told her due date would be May 30th. Here we are at the end of JUNE and she still hasn't calved. Then I find out that she possibly was in heat in October, so really her due date is anywhere between May 30th and July 11th. That's a long time waiting!
Every morning and night I check Marissa to look for signs of calving. Slowly her body is preparing by making milk (her udder is huge), her muscles are relaxing, and baby is shifting down lower in her abdomen. Last night however, Marissa had a lot of "goo" from her nether regions, to put it politely. This is not unusual and sometimes this goo can happen weeks before calving. But this goo was blood tinged and her pin ligaments had relaxed considerably. When this happened with the other cows, calving came within 12 hours.
Yippee! We're having a baby.... or not....
Last night was the first night with Marissa that I did overnight checks on her. At 11:30 pm, she was standing far away from the other girls and was very uncomfortable. Very lovey with me, which is not out of the norm. At 2 AM, she was even further from the rest of the herd and still acting uncomfortable. 5 AM was the same. 7 AM she is pacing the fence line. At 7:30 she is trying her best to keep the rest of the herd from following her. It's not working very well! At 11 AM, she's in the barn with the rest of the herd enjoying the shade and breeze and doesn't look at all uncomfortable.
Sigh. False alarm that lasted 12 hours?!?!? Come on, really?? Stay tuned and I'll update with progress!
It's 12:30 - I look out the window and Marissa is all by herself again at the far end of the field. I run out there and she is obviously in full active labor.
12:45 - Marissa gives birth to a very healthy heifer we named Myrtle. Myrtle is my Grandmother's name on my mom's side.
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063