Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Rosie - Update 48 hours later.

What a difference 48 hours makes!
Rosie spent her first forty eight hours with us confined in a small yard adjoining the dairy and cow paddocks so the big cows could smell her through the fence and touch noses.
Last evening, after checking her poo was a good healthy colour and consistency, and after we had finished milking Daisy and Lavender, we allowed Rosie to join the cows.
She checked out those very tempting looking udders on both cows and was gently pushed away each time.
Watching her discover she had legs that could run and kick, galloping around the paddock with Blossom, was such a joy as we said good night to the cows and came inside for our evening meal.
The above photo I snapped this morning while I was milking Daisy, so it appears our Lavender is going to be an outstanding foster mum. She happily stood and was fully aware that it was not her own calf drinking because Blossom was sleeping in the sun a short distance in front of her.
For my own sense of peace, I mixed up a small amount of half water, half milk in her calfeteria and offered it to her after she had finished suckling from Lavender. She took a half hearted sip and was clearly quite satisfied, and so was I.
That was easy!


  1. yay! I love seeing calves playing together :) Our cows are not so gentle to push calves away, but luckily the hungry calves are persistent. Lavender is very sweet, our cows will only take one calf at a time...

    1. Yay was exactly what I said Liz. We just struck it lucky. Dear little Lavender. :)

  2. I'm so glad that went well. One less job for you to do each morning and a happy calf too :-)

  3. Yep, anyone can comment here now! I also have mine set to moderate so I quickly read and and post them, and I usually go back to comment later on them. I don't want anything unkind/inappropriate to go though. So far I have been lucky but my blog is quite small. :)


    1. Thank you so much Emma for taking the time to look at this for me. I can't imagine anyone writing anything unkind about your blog! But maybe I need to look at the "moderate" option just in case. :) I've recommended your blog to a couple of my young mum friends. I'm still attempting to add "my favourite blogs that I read" column to my page but still having beginner teething problems. Aaagh, where's that 12yr old when I need him??


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