It is indeed a time of new life on the farm. Sometime during the night, our sweet Gertie had her first-ever calf.
This beautiful little baby calf has been long-awaited on our farm! We bought Gertrude as a four-month old calf, knowing it would be nearly two years before we could breed her, and then another nine months before she calved. But the wait has finally paid off.
We’ll begin milking Gertie in a few weeks, once the colostrum is all gone and we’ve finished setting up a milking stall.
We’ll be using a once-a-day milking method, described extensively at this blog:
Life is good on the farm! Thank you Lord for a smooth, flawless calving experience, for new life, for gallons and gallons of fresh milk, and for all of this summer’s amazing bounty!
UPDATE: The calf is a boy (bull).
The calf is a girl (heifer)!
Haha… no comment on how we got that one wrong.
And here’s another picture!