Spring Brings Babies! by Kerissa Taylor
Snow is melting, sun is shining, and kids are running around outside. Spring is definitely around the corner. We are experiencing the February thaw that will soon be followed by the howling winds of March... it seems it wasn't that long ago that we were watching the snow fall and preparing for -20 degree nights!
With spring comes lots of fun new things; flowers, grass, gardens... and BABIES! Right now calving season is underway for a lot of operations, and others they haven't started … yet.
Our oldest Highland Cow, GingerAle, is beginning to show signs of getting ready to give birth. It's very exciting for us because this is our first calving season. Our other momma's, Corona and ButterscotchRum are due closer to April and June.
With this being our first experience, we have been reading as much as we can... hopefully it helps us out for the real thing! We have learned that some of the signs of calving(and similar for most other animals) are a full udder, a relaxed vulva, mucus discharge, and separating herself from the herd. A cow will have a gestational period of about 280 days or 9 months.
Having a good calving season played a big role in our determination of what breed of cattle we raise. Highland cattle are known for being very good mothers and the need for birthing assistance is less than 1%. Both Ginger and Butterscotch have calved before and did very well. This is Corona's first year and we are excited to see how she does!
We are also expecting a foal in the next month! Our sweet mare, Riviera, is a first time mom so we are keeping a close eye on her. It helps that she is right outside our front windows!
Will keep you updated as we receive these sweet babies into our Ranch!