Our first baby miniature calf arrived early in the morning on April 15th. The first heifer to give birth was Ida. Scarlet weighed 37 pounds when she went to the vet six days after her birth.We guessed her weight to be around 22 lbs. at birth. She was about the size of a beagle! Ida has proved to be a good mother, very protective, but very gentle with her first daughter.
Ida wasted no time filing a paternity suit against our head bull and union steward Smitty. It seems Smitty doesn’t want to pay child support for Scarlett and thus far has refused a blood test. Smitty is pointing to our other bull Abe as the father and says that as head of local 710 of the amalgamated Miniature Cow Union he has rights.
Our two other non miniature cows, Franke and Quincy apparently had a bet who would be the first to give birth. It seems Franke suckered the youngster Quincy and won the bet (a bale of hay). Franke offered him a two for one deal giving Quincy Abe and Smitty, while he took Ida .Seems Quincy didn’t realize that Smitty and Abe were bulls.
The three other heifers are due soon. Thelma is bigger tan a bus and appears to be the next one to give birth, but you never know.
Just to let you know that our first baby mini calf was born this morning – in the mud! We brought her into the house and gave her a bath and then took her back out to her mother. Ida is her mother and is nursing the baby so we are hoping that all is okay in the barn now safe. The vet will be here soon to check her. She weighs about 20 lbs.
We have exciting news from Locust Knoll Farm. Our miniature heifers are pregnant! Ida, Thelma, Claire, and Lulu’s blood tests revealed the girls are moms-to-be. We had been wondering about the recent requests for pickles and ice cream, and now we know why. No sooner than the tests came back, Smitty, our lead boy claimed fatherhood, despite the fact he had competition from fellow bull, Abe.
Smitty wasted no time ordering a box of Cuban cigars ( part of the reason Fidel Castro resigned). We’re expecting the little ones in spring 2008. Lulu has been painting her stall pink in anticipation of a girl. Thelma is bigger than a bus and thinks she’ll have a boy. Ida said” I don’t care if is a boy or a girl, just so I it doesn’t look like that asshole Smitty.” And Claire wants a boy so he can grow up to be a cow astronaut.
The miniature cows weigh around 17 pounds at birth. They’re pregnant for 9 months (sound familiar?) We’ll blog out the birth announcements as they come.