It’s almost midnight, the family is all asleep in their lovely warm house snugged up in their beds and where am I? Out in the paddock checking up on my girls! To prove how much of a novice I am, I have been thinking that Ella was going to calve first, with her udder filling up, waddling around and keeping away from the other girls. How wrong was I! Bianca is now showing all the signs of immenent calving! Her private areas have dropped, she doesn’t wander too far before having to rest, the waddleing, keeping well away from the others and now, it seems, she is labouring to even get up! Now normally I would be freaking out thinking that she was ill, but being heavily pregnant, my guess is that she is ready to pop! So I will check on her again this morning and then again before going to work and hopefully, if she does calve tonight or tomorrow, all goes well!
So ticking the boxes to qualify as a real farmer:
Amputation of at least 1 finger – check
Getting up at ridiculous hours of the morning to make sure everything is going OK with the animals even though I should be leaving them and trusting nature – check
Almost a real farmer!
Here’s to you Bianca and good luck!