Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Little Gem - Cara has a heifer

We've been waiting on Cara for what seems like an age to calve, well she did, last night around midnight. I was woken by mooing, I'm not normally but this was a I got a baby type of moo. So I got out of bed, shoved on me wellies, a fleece top over my PJs, grabbed the torch and went to investigate. The moon was very bright last night and it's not even a full moon yet! I saw that she had calved, made sure all was ok, the calf was on it's feet, and I left them too it.

This morning I went to check again and here she is! My first pure bred Dexter. I know it's an 'F' year for names, but as she is likely to be the last animal born here for the foreseeable future (we're taking a break from breeding) I think she has to be Little Gem. Our stud name is Little Gems, and as she's quite precious then Little Gem it is. Oh and she's dun coloured too, even better!



These lazy things were still asleep, well some had just woken up.
Foxgloves

12 comments:

  1. Thats fantastic news, she's just gorgeous!

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  2. Oh that's nice Sue. She looks really healthy too.

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  3. Awww now that is a precious wee coo, and I think she is so cute... please tell me this one is not destined for "whispers quietly so the wee one can't hear" the dinner plate..
    I get such a buzz when your animals do what comes naturally, *laughng* yes I live my farming desires vicariously through you. :-)

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  4. We don't eat the heifers Wendy, only the bull calves :D So she's a keeper!

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  5. The Ma ma and baby look so sweet together, it's just precious. You are so lucky!! God bless.

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  6. Oh my goodness - look at that little Gem! :-) Is there anything more precious than a sweet, furry, newborn face? Congratulations!
    You know, I probably dug hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of foxglove up this year? It grows everywhere in my pastures and I worry so about my critters eating it - then I go to the store and see them being sold for $4 and $5 a pop! lol

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  7. Thank you Piper :D
    F_dk I do pull up as maush as I can before it starts seeding, the stock so far don't touch the foxgloves, they sniff at it and walk away, and if anyone was daft enough to eat it, it would be the goats! They're too eating the gorse!

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  8. She's beautiful.

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  9. Oh, how funny - I noticed the exact same thing - I'll find the foxglove in places where it has clearly been growing for a while, right in a spot where the donkeys and llama have been - and it's not touched...but the second I walk through with the goats, though, they make a mad dash for it. I have had my fingers stuck into the backs of goat throats more times than I care to discuss! (They don't get to go in that pasture anymore - sheesh!)

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  10. So far so good with mine, goats eh, clever but oh so stoopid!

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  11. Oh, so cute! Congrats on the Little Gem! :)

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  12. She is adorable! I have to show my kids in the morning.

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