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June 14, 2013

Dickie is here!

Dickie B. Butterfield

Dickie B. Butterfield


Mom and baby are fine, “Gramma” is pooped!

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  1. June 14, 2013 8:30 am

    awwwww….dickie is so cute! congrats gramma!

  2. jenj permalink
    June 14, 2013 8:32 am

    Now that is one cute baby!

  3. cookie roscoe permalink
    June 14, 2013 8:34 am

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful

  4. June 14, 2013 8:46 am

    wonderful news!

  5. June 14, 2013 8:48 am

    What a perfect calf. Congratulations to the three of you!

  6. Barb in CA permalink
    June 14, 2013 8:50 am

    And look what a proud mama Jane is. He is adorable! Good job Jane! Such a sweet girl.

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  8. June 14, 2013 9:10 am

    Ohhh… he’s gorgeous. Hooray for Jane & Dickie! Nice supervisory work, Gramma… now, get some rest πŸ™‚

  9. June 14, 2013 9:26 am

    OMG EEeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. June 14, 2013 9:31 am

    He’s beautiful! It’s such fun to see momma love so tenderly expressed. Congratulations, Gramma!

  11. Marilyn permalink
    June 14, 2013 9:53 am

    I’m curious, what breed did you cross her with to get that color calf? I noticed one of your beefies has a solid calf too.

    • June 14, 2013 10:28 am

      Marilyn, the bull is Hereford/Simmental and we have one mocha colored calf and one chocolate, all the others are dark red with white faces and more Hereford looking. I only have two purebred cows, the rest are mutts πŸ™‚

  12. Mich permalink
    June 14, 2013 9:57 am

    Nice looking calf πŸ™‚

  13. girlgonegranola permalink
    June 14, 2013 9:58 am

    What a beautiful boy! What breed was his Papa again?

  14. Chris permalink
    June 14, 2013 10:01 am

    OMG!! He is gorgeous! Is he completely brown all over? You don’t see that everyday, do you?? He’s soooo cute! How are both mamas doing??

    • June 14, 2013 10:31 am

      Not one speck of white on this one! And we’re ready to crash. Jane cast herself after he was born and we are all feeling the strain this morning after the pulling, tugging and high anxiety 😦 I had a beer and went to bed!

  15. June 14, 2013 10:27 am

    Congratulation to the beautiful mama and proud grandma. What a lovely family!

  16. June 14, 2013 10:56 am

    That’s a sweet baby and a good momma :-).

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  18. June 14, 2013 11:44 am

    Just catching up after dropping one son and family off at the airport and collecting another son and family and what happens while I’m gone! I nearly miss the news. Congratulations on a lovely looking little chap.

  19. June 14, 2013 11:50 am

    I’m not surprised Jane cast – look at the size of that chap’s head! That’s a fine-looking bull in the making. Glad all is well now. Take it easy.

    • June 14, 2013 12:51 pm

      Yeah, and if they can find a predicament, like a corner or wall they seem to be magnetized to that spot 😦

  20. June 14, 2013 12:20 pm

    I love the noises cows make with their new calves. I can almost hear it in the pictures.

    • June 14, 2013 12:51 pm

      HFS, yes and she sounds like an elk when she bawls, so the mmming noise is welcome compared to the squeeek. Her mom could wake the dead though with her foghorn so I think the squee is okay.

  21. June 14, 2013 12:36 pm

    Ooo, what a beauty! And such a sweet name. Glad Jane’s alright, I’ve been watching this space intently.

  22. June 14, 2013 12:40 pm

    Yay! I’ve been waiting to find out how Jane came out–Dickie looks adorable! How long before you know if Jane’s going to have mastitis again?

    • June 14, 2013 12:49 pm

      Kerry, he is a doll, and it looks like she is clear, it was obvious last year before freshening that she had mastitis. I’ll know more after the colostrum clears though. But at this point she’s looking good.

  23. Chris permalink
    June 14, 2013 12:49 pm

    I take it, it wasn’t a very easy delivery?? What time were you guys up to deliver and how long did it take? Do you think she would of had trouble having baby by herself if you hadn’t been around?

    • June 14, 2013 12:58 pm

      Chris, it went pretty well, and was very short, 20 minutes from second water bag ’til he was all the way out, but she chose a bad spot to lie down for the final push and got herself stuck against a wall. I think though if we hadn’t been there she might have chosen a better spot and been fine. I think she wanted to go away from us, and I am getting better at walking away…I should have this time.

  24. June 14, 2013 1:48 pm

    Congratulations! What a cutie!

  25. June 14, 2013 2:02 pm

    Dickie is so adorable. Congratulations to Jane and you.

  26. Bev permalink
    June 14, 2013 2:05 pm

    So cute! Thanks for letting us know the breeding. I thought there might be Durham in there somewhere. So glad things went well. The first pic, “”Hello World!”

  27. June 14, 2013 2:13 pm

    adorable little guy!

  28. Chris permalink
    June 14, 2013 3:32 pm

    Well, it’s hard to walk away mama! πŸ™‚ He’s a beauty though!! I wish I could see him in person…does she let you touch him or does he?

    • June 14, 2013 4:22 pm

      Chris, yeah she’s VERY tolerant, and he is a wild thing not even 24 hours old yet and already he is in the hooscow, pun intended πŸ™‚

  29. June 14, 2013 4:04 pm

    Gorgeous baby! Just gorgeous! I like the red ones.

  30. June 14, 2013 4:33 pm

    What a beautiful color he is! Will he stay that color?

  31. June 14, 2013 5:42 pm

    Adorable – Dickie looks like he belongs here on my farm, widow’s peak and all πŸ™‚


  32. Liv permalink
    June 14, 2013 9:45 pm

    That’s the cutest thing, how they are obliviously ok and “gramma” was so concerned. Love it! Guess he is a “he”, what a beauty! And Jane is such a lady. Yes, I just said that!

  33. June 15, 2013 8:35 am

    Lovely baby. What is his eventual fate? Beef or bull?

  34. Nita permalink*
    June 15, 2013 9:26 am

    Thanks everyone!

  35. Janet permalink
    June 15, 2013 10:14 am

    yeah! congrats!! Sending love and best wishes for everything to continue to go well. πŸ™‚

  36. Racquel permalink
    June 17, 2013 3:30 am

    I know what you mean about learning to walk away and let them do what they know how to do. I’ve been trying to get a mamma sheep to nurse both babies. (an unexpected and late delivery last week). I’ve come to think that my showing up to help out is just interupting. As soon as I arrive Mamma thinks its feeding time for her and walks away from feeding babies. ooops!
    Congrats on another beautiful baby for you! It almost makes me want to get a house cow….but not quite.

  37. June 17, 2013 6:05 am

    That is one of the most beautiful calfs I have ever seen. I have seen cute but not usually beautiful. Congratulations on your new arrival.

  38. June 17, 2013 9:17 pm

    What do you do with the calf and the momma and milking? I’ve been contemplating pulling the calf off my jersey and bottle feeding him in a calf dome, but curious what you do?

    • June 18, 2013 7:42 am

      Congrats Bruce! I keep the calf and cow separated after the second or third day and let the calf nurse after I have the milk I want for the house. So for me that means handling and lead/tie training the calf right away, and having a separate place to put the calf. I tether a lot or use small barnyard areas that aren’t in use during the summer, calves need access to grass right away. Basically the calf is my relief milker, by three months into the lactation I could skip the milking myself and just put the calf on to milk the cow. It just depends on where you want to spend your time, milking/bottle feeding or training a calf to have manners. I don’t like bottle calves myself (no flight zone), but that may just be me. If you bottle feed, key points are warm milk (body temperature), 2 gallons a day of whole milk, and correct nursing posture so the milk goes to the correct stomach. When I have bottle fed, I quickly switch from the 1/2 gallon bottles to 8 quart buckets like this:
      Just do whatever is easiest for your operation. I like separating because then I don’t have letdown issues with the cow, since she is trained to letdown for me and not the calf. A friend of mine is trying to machine milk and then let the calf on and she is finding that she has a hard time knowing how much to leave for the calf since the cow lets down so well for the machine. If I milked by machine I think I would bottle feed…

  39. June 18, 2013 5:07 am

    Congratulations! πŸ™‚ Just beautiful, and love the pictures!

  40. July 9, 2013 3:01 am

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful
    Forest Cattle

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