We've been waiting for Mistletoe to calve. She is a heifer and we knew she was gettin' close.
The husband noticed her hanging out more by herself today. But she still hadn't calved by the time he left mid morning. He asked me to check on her this evening when I got home from work.
I found her in the barn. She had problems. The calf's head and front feet were hanging out. I could tell he was dead. From the looks of the stall she was in, she'd been in there awhile trying to have it. The dirt was pushed all around her.
I called the husband and told him I was gonna need some help. He came home from work and we tried pullin' the calf. So glad I didn't even try by myself. We eventually had to get the come along and tie it off to the barn. Were finally able to get the calf out.
It was a little black and white spotted bull calf. That makes us 0-2 this season for calves. Still haven't had a live birth.
We tried keeping Mistletoe in the barn. But she finally managed to get up. She was having problems with her back end. Plus she was pissed off! She proceeded to leave the barn before we could get it closed off. Then we were worried about her getting bogged down in the mud. Cause y'all know we have all this STUPID MUD everywhere from the constant rain. But again, she's pissed and wants nothing to do with us or anything we are trying to get her to do. So we left her outside the barn in the pens. I'm hoping she'll go back to the barn after she settles down. Really don't want to go out there in the morning and find a dead heifer too.
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