We are more than halfway through our calving. So I wanted to share an easy labor with you. Canute is 10 yrs old and she is a great calver. She gets the job done with no help. And she's super calm too.
|She's pushed enough the bag as burst. Usually you want to see a calf within 30 minutes. After that the calf could suffocate. Cows will progress in their labor fast than a heifer. So we wait and give her a little time.|
|Within minutes the calf is up and searching for milk. It's amazing how quickly they get going.|
Watching a calf being born amazes us every time. Cows are much like women. The when they push out the calf that helps to get all the fluids from their lungs. And once the calf is expelled they start talking to them. And then cleaning them. Once that calf nurses they get the nutrients that they need and it helps the cow. Nursing causes contractions in the cows uterus that helps to expel the afterbirth. The cow will eat all of the afterbirth. The afterbirth has vital nutrients and minerals in it that will be passed from the cow to the calf. Cows know their calf not by sight but by smell. Such an exciting experience to watch and be a part of.
Have a great day!