Sunday, October 16, 2011

pics for Sunday

Two FF posts ago (click here if you are not familiar with FF posts) I wrote that my wife and I witnessed an amazing event just a few hours before we pulled into our home from a trip. It’s an event that rural folks are more likely to witness. It took place not too far over the border of Indiana.  

In that post I didn't say anything more but promised to post about it later.  Well the Princess of the Fragment, Mrs. 4444 somehow guessed almost the complete answer in her comment.

We witnessed the birth of a calf.  One of my wife's favorite places is Fair Oaks Farms.  They have quite an extensive operation and great diary products along with tasty sandwiches.

plastic ones don't smell or need food - but they don't moo either

One of their highlights is the birthing barn.  It runs 24hrs, 7 days a week.  The have a traffic light outside the barn and we happened to be eating outside that afternoon and noticed the light changed to green.  My wife (she has toured the whole place before) knew this meant a calf was about to be born.  'About' is relative because while things were in progress when we took our seats.  The progress was of the 2 pushes out and 1 slide back type.  I didn't take any pictures of the actual birth but this youtube clip shows it very well.

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CaliforniaGirl500 said...

What a happy event to see!  I would love to see a calf birthed.  My favorite thing at our big fair are the animals and I've always loved cows, even the manure smell.  You are lucky.

TechnoBabe said...

Wow, this is a great video. What an amazing experience for all people, young and old, to be in the viewing room watching a calf being born. This is the top post for SIMC I think. 

lisleman said...

thanks - it was an experience.  It felt a little strange to be sitting there viewing all this taking place a few feet away but behind a glass wall.  It had me thinking I was  observing in an operation room arena.

lisleman said...

thanks and it was free too.  There were front hooves out when we entered the big room.  The assistant "midwife?" told us to watch for the nose.  The best part is how quickly the calf is standing and walking around - 15 - 20 minutes.

Keetha Broyles said...

What a cool experience - - - I was "guessing" something much more mundane - - - the cows crossing the road in front of you to get to the barn for milking.

That happens twice a day up here in Wisconsin on all the farms where the barn is across the road from the pasture.

I'm a sucker for barns anyway - - - and that is one gorgeous barn!

Vidya Sury said...

What an experience! A couple of decades ago, my aunt (mom's sis) had a barn with three cows and a bull before they moved to the city. I could never get enough of those stories. :-)

lisleman said...

Going from cows and bulls to living in the city is a big change.  I bet they missed the farm life.  thanks

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tracismixedbag said...

Wow! Very cool!

unknownmami said...

Amazing experience to witness.

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