Princess calved last night. We named him Samson because he’s big and strong, but we could have called him Ditto.
All seven of Princess’ calves have been bull calves. Including Samson, the last three have been big and long-legged—too much so, I guess. Their front tendons are contracted at birth, making initial standing and nursing impossible. Splints and injections help immensely, but the first few days are a bit stressful and tiresome for all concerned.
Thankfully, Samson is a sturdy fellow who is full of resolve. He was already running and bucking this morning, and nursing unassisted by afternoon. And it’s a good thing that Princess produces a lot of milk because this calf has a Samson-sized appetite!
|Winky and Panda check out the new kid|
“The joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” –NEHEMIAH 8:10 (AMP)