On Monday and Tuesday evening as Dan and I were falling asleep we heard uncharacteristic mooing from the upper pasture. We were not too concerned, knowing the cows had water and hay, but both nights we fell asleep wondering… To Dan’s surprise on Wednesday morning our oldest cow Bobby Sue had calved in the night. Bobby Sue will be 17 this spring, and had not calved last summer. She has been a mild mannered faithful cow, and we were hoping that she would calve this spring. To our surprise, Bobby Sue had a calf in February right before a big snow storm! As Dan fed out the morning hay for our herd, the new calf bolted down into the lower part of the pasture. After feeding the herd, Dan went to search for the calf. It is common for a calf to go off on its own and then reunite with its mother when it becomes hungry. However the cold conditions and snow had Daniel worried.
During the day on Wednesday I was home with our children Clara and Zeb. In the blustery snow it was not possible for me to really look for the new babe. As the day wore on I became increasingly worried. Dan being the calm voice of reason that he is, assured me that he would be home soon to find the calf. We also called on our close friends Nick and Tracy (major animal lovers) to come and help search in the storm. After looking all around the pasture for about an hour Dan decided to look outside of the fence. Calves are so small that they often squeeze through the fence. In the summer we often have a little team of trouble maker calves that like to break out to eat our fresh lawn. Sure enough Dan found her laying down about 20 feet outside the fence. She was cold and wet, and not making a swift move as he approached. Tracy and Nick arrived just in time for Dan to lift the new girl over the fence into Nicks arms. They reunited Bobby Sue and her new baby Violet(Tracy named her) in the protection of the corral. They are spending a few days there separate from the herd to have shelter and bond. The tale ends well, accept for the fact that our dear friends Tracy and Nick crashed there truck as they rushed over to help us. No one was hurt except the old violet ford ranger, but emotions were certainly heightened and we owe our friends a lot of beer, babysitting, and gratitude. Violet and her mom are doing very well.