January 18, 2012 by dairycarrie
#NormaTheBestCow ever had herself a little doctor’s appointment last week. This wasn’t just any appointment this was the appointment where we all got to find out if she would be having a girl (Heifer) or a boy (Bull). Yes, believe it or not cows get pregnancy checked by ultrasound just like humans. I think it’s interesting that cows, just like humans, have a nine month gestation. Norma’s due date is in July. Not all farmers use ultrasound to pregnancy check their cows but we do.
Norma is having a bull calf. I’m not going to lie, I am disappointed. On a dairy farm you hope for heifer calves out of your best cows so that you can carry on the family for generations. However I am happy that Norma is going to calve and stay in our milking herd in the future. Norma has had 2 heifer calves for me so far, Nermal and Nora. Nermal will calve in April with a bull calf and Nora will be a year old in March and doesn’t have a boyfriend yet. We don’t raise our bulls for beef so this calf will have to be sold. I am already crossing my fingers for another heifer calf next year.