These were taken of two of my Dexter cows in labor. The dun, Poppy, had her 3rd calf, a 55 pound heifer on her due date. The black, Abby, had her 5th calf, a 65 pound bull calf, two weeks late. Each was a very easy labor compared to some first time heifers. These are the largest heifer and bull calf born here. The average weight is typically 45 pounds.
Poppy just beginning labor. Notice udder is very bagged up and bones on hips (what are they called again) are prominent. Notice also that Poppy is very alert and her eyes are a little bugged out.
Getting onry. Poppy is walking around pasture kicking the other cows because if she's miserable she wants everyone else to be too.
Bag of waters appears. Takes a while to come completely out and eventually is hanging and bursts. There is sometimes active contractions starting immediately and sometimes a break in the action for a while. It is always best to record the time that the bag breaks in case you need to call the vet. Ours says wait an hour before calling him or getting ready for any intervention. Poppy's calf was born 45 minutes later.
Now cow will begin active contractions and pushing, here is Abby with a classic tail out/back arched early contraction and then down on the ground pushing (and grunting/mooing)
You can see through the sack the hooves and the nose. This is a good thing!
Calf out but sack over his face. I moved in with a dry towel to pull it away from his face but I know Abby would have gotten there soon enough (note the poaching spade in case she got jiggy with me. She didn't)
Hey there Gene. I just had Sarah Grove to the farm yesterday. She had a great time seeing you.
All of our calves have been larger than normal this year. We had that terrible drought last summer and had to start feeding hay in July. We supplemented with range cubes starting in October. Now the pastures are going ballistic with all the rain (over 35" so far this year, more than all last year by far). The cows never lost conditioning but I'm really wondering if the stressful conditions in their first trimesters or the hay or ? has something to do with all the calves being bigger this year. I'm shocked every time we step on the scale with a calf. What do you think?
My pastures are so lush after all this spring rain. I've restricted the cows from all the paddocks. They can eat from the common areas and the woods. I put out a round bale to help tighten them up.
Tata is as big as a house. She worries me. She's such a small cow. She's shown all the signs of impending birth for over a week now. I have my fingers crossed on this one. I may have a big calf, too.
We had a good time when the Groves were here. We talked Dexter, but had to eat Angus. I'd used up the last of the Dexter burgers the week before. I know you'll help them get going when they complete their barn and fences.
Oh John, you are such a sweetie. How are you anyway? I gave a gal from Georgia your number -did she call?
I tried to copy this link to another site and it wouldn't work. Is there a time limit on doing that? Does anyone know?