Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Not For The Faint Of Heart
If you have a weak stomach you may not want to read this entry or maybe it isn't as graphic when you aren't right there in the pens watching. First let me say Shelly Marie and Noel are both fine. Yesterday when we left Shelly had still not expelled all the after birth. This afternoon she still had not. Not a pleasant situation for her or us. John could have taken her to a vet but that would have meant loading her which would have been tramatic for her having to ride there bounching around in the back of a trailer and a strange man tending her to put it nicely. John has done this job before having cattle many years. She wasn't happy with him at her south end so to speak so he had to rope her. It took several tries as her horns are shaped kind of different, are thick and wide, and she wasn't standing still. When he got the rope around her head he tied it to a tree. He twisted a small branch around the after birth and pulled. It took a couple of pulls and then it all came out fast and smooth. She seemed fine and started eating cubes. Baby Noel is so cute and tame just like her mama. While John was getting the cubes I called Noel to me and he walked right to me and let me pet him. He is quite the little social butterfly. When we had drove up he was by the gate getting aqquainted with all the other cows and calves who had gathered around the pens peering inside. John put a half tub of mineral in the pens to give Shelly energy. Think we will leave them in the pens for a few days so Shelly won't have to fight any other cows for food.