Nothing about church this morning. Yesterday we brought home the first of two cows we are buying. The other cow is still at the farm we are buying her from, she seems to be in season and she and the bull seem to be...getting along. So we will get her and her calf from earlier this year later in the week (hopefully she will be "with calf" at that time). We brought this mama cow home yesterday because we knew she was ready to calve at any time.
Well, we were certainly right about that! Last night at around 1 AM one of my daughters woke us up, she had been out in the barn and thought the cow was in labor. Like I did whenever my wife was in early stages of labor, I rolled over and went back to sleep while she got up to investigate. Sure enough, she was in labor and had a little calf (we think it is a bull calf, which means he is destined for the freezer) early this morning.
He(?) seems pretty healthy this morning, all dried and cleaned up. I am glad we got him yesterday, otherwise he would have been delivered in the pasture. These are Dexter cattle, which is a smaller and quite hearty dual-purpose (good for milk and meat) heritage breed so a pasture delivery would have been fine but still I think delivery in a warm barn on clean straw beats outside any day of the week!