Well, our Ayrshire dairy heifer is now a cow!!! We have been waiting for about two years since we raised her up from a bottle calf. Our daughters have worked really hard. First, they had to teach her to lead and then kept her used to us so it would be easier to work with her once she did finally calve. It's a boy, half Angus, and he is so cute! We're working through the first time momma cow blues but it looks like things may be looking up after the first two weeks.
Her udder was engorged with milk and she did not want us to have any of it! So, warm compresses, massages, herbs, and homemade salve have encouraged her to let down her milk for us and relieve her congested udder. When we want to milk her in the mornings, we will put the calf behind the barn and then let him out the next morning after we milk.
This is a busy time of year around here as the last Neubian doe to kid did so last week. We now have four mommas with eight babies. The first one was born on Christmas Day and the children named her Noel. We also had another set of twins born on St. Patrick's Day, Patrick and Patricia. So, this is sure to be an interesting year.