This is my view from my straw bale:
it is Raye in the chute "allowing" Luke to nurse!
not a good pic - was taken with the camera on the laptop
to my left is our "show string" eating breakfast!
I love this barn, it is old, always a mess, full of life (which includes mice and disgusting birds - I
Raye is not "taking" to the calf like we had hoped - she is allowing him to nurse when we halter and put her in the chute (she finally for the most part stopped kicking him in the head - at one point I seriously considered giving him an aspirin because he had to have a headache). So for now anyway about 3 times a day I am milking a beef cow! Our hopes were that she would adopt him so that when we put the cows and calves on summer pasture she wouldn't get fat. When cows are caring for a calf and themselves on all you can eat pasture they tend to stay in much better "shape" - they are not putting all they eat into their own body's and therefore not storing as much fat - which in turn makes them easier to breed back. At this point not sure if we are going to be able to trust Raye to feed this calf on her own. Worst case scenerio right now is My Midget will have a bottle calf to love and we will watch Raye closely all summer on pasture. At this point we are pretty sure we aren't selling her - she has had successful pregnancies and calves in the past, her calf was full term and seemed in good condition - not her fault it was backwards at birth - so she is a good cow and will rebreed her for next year. I have said this "rebreed her for next year" several times the last few days and am always reminded of this video that has been floating around Facebook and some other blogs:
So God Made A Farmer - Paul Harvey
"God said I need somebody to sit up all night with a new born colt watch it die, dry his eyes and then say "Maybe next year"."
OK so now am I not only in my pajamas in my barn milking a beef cow typing on a computer but I am also crying!
Right now - the good, the bad, the ugly (you should see how messy my house is, how much rain we have had so no planting anytime soon and a very stressed hubs) - I LOVE MY LIFE!