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Tooth Fairy

April 19, 2013

Do bovines have tooth fairies?  I have no idea.  Yesterday morning at chore time Jane looked like she was trying to spit something out, and she was.  One of her baby teeth.  We saw it hit the ground and then couldn’t find it for a while.  Reminds me of looking for hay equipment parts in the field, you saw it drop or go flying, but locating it is a miracle sometimes.  It takes up to 4 years for a cow to get all her permanent teeth, going by cattle dentition charts, at age 3 Jane is about done with cutting teeth.

bovine temporary molar

bovine temporary molar

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Thanks heavens for that!  I want Jane to keep her weight up this lactation.  She is building a little condition now that she is dry.

nap time – waiting for the tooth fairy

grass on the left, calf on the right

Wide load – grass on the left, calf on the right

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I'm sleepy

I’m sleepy

biodynamic pasture inoculant - nose dew

biodynamic pasture inoculant – nose dew

I miss spending more time with Jane, but busy spring activities don’t allow it right now when she is dry.  Getting the gardens whipped into shape and the grazing rotation down are taking up my time now.  Soon it will be late May and Jane’s new baby will be here before I know it, then we’ll be spending lots of time together 😀

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    April 19, 2013 8:59 am

    LOVE these photos of Jane with her Mama! She looks so content and happy….and sleepy! 🙂 I’m sure the tooth fairy will bring her something very delicious!! 🙂

    • April 19, 2013 12:16 pm

      Chris, those late pregnancy naps are the best. She got some extra apples…hopefully that qualifies.

  2. April 19, 2013 9:06 am

    she is so sweet. i love how the baby lays next to her!

  3. April 19, 2013 9:17 am

    I live cow teeth, especially those big, square perfect front ones! They make me smile. 🙂

  4. April 19, 2013 9:24 am

    Great Captures – thanks for sharing! Happy Weekend:)

  5. A.A. permalink
    April 19, 2013 9:49 am

    Good times 🙂 And you did figure out something to blog about!

  6. April 19, 2013 11:00 am

    You are so funny – grass on the left, calf on the right ;-). Were you hoping to “pinch an inch”?

    • April 19, 2013 12:12 pm

      Marilyn, yeah, maybe. She likes a good scratch, it made her put her head down so she must have like it 🙂

  7. girlgonegranola permalink
    April 19, 2013 11:08 am

    Jane is looking great!

  8. Jason permalink
    April 19, 2013 11:47 am

    When she’s dry, do you go through any milking routines with her to keep her in practice, or do you start over again once she calves?

  9. April 19, 2013 1:33 pm

    She is a doll face 🙂

  10. Mich permalink
    April 20, 2013 1:16 am

    Jane is looking well, nice to see her with some ‘meat on her bones’ 🙂

  11. jade permalink
    April 20, 2013 4:20 am

    Oooo, ya, that’s the spot…mmmmm……zzzzzzzzzzz
    Love Jane ❤

  12. Bev permalink
    April 20, 2013 8:46 am

    Sprng sunshine, birds on the wing, and a peaceful moment. Pretty soon your rubber boots can have a rest. Jane radiates great care. You can almost see the grass growing, too. Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. April 21, 2013 4:26 am

    So many nice heifers get sold between two and three or so because they aren’t milking well because of changing teeth. We wait for them to get that over with, and thus have many cows still milking at seven…eight…nine…even twelve. We had one live to just under voting age and still milking at 19

    • April 21, 2013 6:14 am

      TC, it’s been a tough go for Jane this past winter, I’m hoping she’s about done. I like the older cows that know the ropes, sure can make life much easier, unless they are brats of course.

      Thinking of you and Boss everyday as I make my way around the fields clipping brush! Thank heavens for grass coming on.

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