Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Rosie - Update 48 hours later.
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!