I had plans this morning, at this moment I cannot remember exactly what they were but I absolutely had them. No more. Just as Annmarie was leaving for church, all dolled up, I received a phone call from my mother-in-law stating there was a new baby calf! She was worried the new momma cow was going to push the baby through her fence and we would have another dead baby. She then got off the phone quickly because she saw Annmarie stopping to look at the baby and she anticipated me getting another phone call. Annmarie called five seconds later to tell me there was a new baby!
We all exited the house and moved toward the intended target. Sarah and I blocked off the escape routes and Annmarie had to walk out into the wheat field to get behind momma and baby. The momma had taken her baby down the long narrow driveway. Annmarie was unable to push the momma. The baby just wanted to lay down and rest. So we sent Sarah off to get the pickup. This seemed like a reasonable option as Sarah was the closet one to the pickup. She drove the pickup up to the start of the driveway and just stopped. I had to walk down and ask her to turn it around so we could back down the driveway. She then proceeded to tell me the driver side window was broken and would not roll down. She then backed the pickup up toward the pair with me sitting on the tailgate. The goal is to push the momma away just long enough for me to snatch the baby then hold it as bait to get her to follow us to the barn lot. You have to back up right next to the calf and it only works in the first couple of days after birth, otherwise the calf runs off. I snagged the calf without getting horned as overprotectiveness is a problem in this breed. The whole bait thing did not work. The baby would not make a single peep and Sarah kept letting the momma cow get in front of the pickup so she could not see her baby. Eventually, Annmarie drove the pickup, after rolling down both windows so she could holler at me.
We did a google search and realized it is possible for our single momma cow to drink 20-30 gallons of water a day. There is no water in the corral so we had to go to town and get some supplies. We purchased a 40 gallon water trough and a protein block. While we were there we purchased a small welded wire roll 6 feet high so I can dog proof the new front wooden fence.
We heard the baby latching on and drinking when we returned. Our new plan is to put the new momma and baby in with the horses and sheep after we are sure a good bond is present. We want the bull to breed all the heifers at once. The two cows that are early are both our yearlings from last year that the bull broke through the fence and got to a couple of months early. So we would need to keep them separate for the next three months. This might prove difficult.