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Posted by Dalice on May 13, 2002 at 04:32:19:

Hi gang,
We had our first mini jersey calf of the year and actually our first mini jersey calf ever.
I went out to do chores Saturday morning hoping to get done quickly as we were going to church. As I scanned the cow pen I saw all the girls in a corner of the pasture they don't usually hang in. I hadn't worn my contacts or glasses so my vision was a bit blurry but I saw two cows licking furiously on a little thing trying desperately to get up and out of the mud and slop it was insultingly plopped in. After determining who was mama I snatched the baby up and held it while I yelled at my little helper Jeffie. I said, go get dad! After a long time, seemed like hours and the calf was gaining weight as I held it, Jeff appeared. He thought Jeffie was pulling his leg because we had checked the cows the night before and thought nothing would happen soon. Anyhow he said what is it a bull? I said I am scared to check, but felt underneath and felt no baggage. THen I tipped her up and said ITS A HEIFER!!!!! I was so happy but scared because she was so slimey wet, newly born and covered in manure and mud. We got her in the box stall in the barn and cleaned her up. Mama finished cleaning up the afterbirth and then came looking for baby. Everything seems to be ok. Baby is up drinking, passing yellow baby poo and all that good stuff. I hope to get a picture out to Helen as soon as I can. Her name is Peggi Sue, contented mama is Jeanie, my favorite cow. Peggi is a duplicate of her mama, very cute. Sorry so long, I have been saving up. Dalice

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