A Birth Day at Sunflower Farm


| 6/21/2011 12:14:48 PM


Tags: birth, cows, nature, instinct, Cam Mather,
licking baby

 Guest Post By Michelle Mather 

As Cam has mentioned in previous posts, we have often had the pleasure of hosting one or more of our neighbour Alyce's "big pets" during our time here at Sunflower Farm. We've had lots of horses and ponies spend time here and even though we don't ride, we've always enjoyed watching them and appreciated the way that they mowed down the grass in the paddock and provided manure for our garden too!

More recently Alyce has acquired a herd of Highland cattle, a breed known for being very hardy and able to cope with extreme weather conditions. These cows have a very thick, shaggy coat and long, curved horns. A couple of Alyce's cows are pregnant and so we offered to turn our paddock into a "Highland cow nursery" where the pregnant cows could graze and give birth in peace away from the rest of the herd, and where Cam and I would be able to keep a watchful eye on the expectant ladies.

"Betsy" arrived a couple of weeks ago but has not given birth yet. On Thursday night Alyce and Ken arrived with "Aggie" who has actually spent time in our paddock previously. Aggie was abandoned by her mother and so Alyce bottlefed her and eventually brought her here until she had grown big enough to join the rest of the herd. Her arrival here on Thursday night wasn't exactly "uneventful" as Cam will describe in a future blog.

On Friday morning I headed out to the vegetable garden at about 7 a.m. Cam and I like to get as much of our watering and weeding done early in the morning, before the sun and the heat and the bugs make it less enjoyable. I glanced over at Aggie and Betsy as I headed to the garden and they were both peacefully grazing with no sign of the excitement that was about to transpire!

Over the next hour as I watered and weeded I noticed that Aggie seemed restless. She would lay down and then get back up again as if she couldn't get comfortable. She also made some sounds that I hadn't heard her make before.  Just before 8 a.m. I looked up and thought that I could see something sticking out of her back end. I went over to investigate and she came close enough to the paddock fence that I could see what looked like hooves coming out of her back end! YIKES!

eleanor
6/23/2011 2:39:05 PM

What a wonderful story...I wish I could have been there. It is neet that the baby is shaggy already.


jessie
6/22/2011 3:01:39 PM

They are absolutely beautiful! Doesn't it make you want to get some of your own???





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