Babies on the Farm!

With the arrival of spring (though it seems to be a little late this year) comes the arrival of baby animals.  For most farm kids, myself included, this is an exciting time.  Although it was my goats that were having the babies, I was always proud when I finally had kids.  I had waited so long, and in some cases, prayed so hard for my babies to be hearty and healthy.  I have witnessed the miracle of life many times.  Sometimes that life is snuffed out after only a few minutes, and sometimes, a life doesn’t even get a chance to begin.  When there is a life, though, I get shivers when I see that baby take its first breath and wobble to its feet that first time.  Many long nights have been spent out in the cold barn, flashlight in hand, trying to stay awake, waiting for a doe to finally decide to have her babies.  Many hours have been spent trying to teach a hard-headed baby to take a bottle, and helping to dry off brand new kids when the momma couldn’t do everything herself.  Sometimes I think that this is the most rewarding part of being an agriculturalist – preserving a life for the next generation to learn from and care for.  If this is my duty, I know that I have done it well, and I will continue to do my duty in the future.

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April, the first and biggest baby.

 

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This is the second baby, a nanny, who we haven’t named yet.

 

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This is May, April’s little sister. Her momma wouldn’t take her, so we are raising her on a bottle. She was still pretty weak in this picture, but she is strong and healthy today.

 

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Meet Bess and Betty, who were the last babies born. They are twin nannies, and are Boer-Nubian cross. We had them on supplemental bottles for a couple of weeks, but they are totally with their momma now.

 

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2 thoughts on “Babies on the Farm!

  1. For calving season it is almost over on my farm but I love to walk out and just watch the new babies with their moms or playing with other calves. They are all so full of life and energy. It always seems like the cows only want to have the calves either in the worst weather of all or in the middle of the night. I know it is not a good thing when they are there, but I enjoy the ones that come to my basement to get warm. I guess it is my way of trying to help them have the best life.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post, I think my favorite line however was when you said it was your duty as an agriculturalist to persevere a life for the next generation. Your passion for this duty shines through this post and I hope everyone who has never gotten the chance to experience the gift of life like you have finds your blog and learn from your writing. Thanks for sharing!

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