The daily grind of a southern Minnesota Dairy Farm. My husband Jonathan and I run a 200 cow dairy in partnership with his father, and his additional 100 cows. We have a traditional family dairy. We love our job, it may be hard but it's very rewarding.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Calving Season in Full Swing!
Well, I haven't posted in a little while thanks to the beginning of our calving season. It's so exciting to greet all of my new calves. We calve cows year round, but thanks to the seasonality of the herds that we purchased 5 years ago when we started farming, we calve heavily during the fall and winter months. The farmers that owned the cows before we bought them enjoyed not calving in the hot summer months and during planting. Therefore, we have LOTS of babies to be born in the next few months. Last week we were expecting 10 calves. With a 120 cow herd, that's almost 10% of our herd calving in one week!! We only had 7 calves born, currently I have 3 cows that are 3 days over due. We broke our bull calf streak last week, as we had 4 heifers born in a row! (followed by 3 bull calves in a row, but we are still pumped about the heifers!) The calf barn is once again busy, as is the fresh cow pen. Each morning Jon now has to check a handful of fresh cows to make sure they are doing great. It's awesome to be busy caring for our cows, this is my favorite time of the year. It's very rewarding to help a cow deliver a healthy calf, raise and nurture the calf and watch the new cow excel. I am hoping to post some of the awesome calf pictures in the coming days, so stay tuned! Off to bed, I might have some new calves waiting for me in the morning!!!