December 03, 2018
December 03, is a special date for me for a couple of reasons. The first, you can probably understand why, is that I was due with our firstborn on that date almost 18 years ago. Liam surprised us a few days early, but the date still stands out in my mind, with fondness, especially this year.
Here we are, 18 years later and guess who gave us a fun reminder? One of our Jerseys who provide you with delicious, nutrient rich milk has been resting for a month now in preparation for delivering her next calf. Annie's due -YOU GUESSED IT! December 03, 2018!
While we wait for Annie to rest up, we definitely miss her production. You may have noticed that some dairy products aren't available right now, or that we've had to adjust the quantities on your order based on availability.
Well, this is the perfect opportunity to explain how this all works, so that you know what to expect with your dairy orders and can be as excited as we are for Annie's due date!
So, here's a few definitions for you...
How the process works:
After a cow is bred, she is pregnant for about 9 months. So, in a perfect world (I know, it's never perfect, but just let me imagine, hee, hee!) We know when she is bred, and make notes of that date.
If we didn't see it, then we have to rely on a pregnancy check by the vet. She can give us an estimated date. This helps us plan the dates for drying her up. She needs 2 months to rest and not be milked before she calves.
If she doesn't get that rest, it will be too hard on her system, she won't keep her healthy weight, her calf could be harmed and she won't be able to provide the healthiest colostrum for her calf's immune system development. It's all soooo important!
After Annie calves
Just like us, Cows don't always calve on their due date. And while we know when Annie was bred, she still may be a few days early, or a few late.
But, once she does, we will be doing some extra things to help her get her energy back. Some of those things will be:
Here are some answers to production and other questions, we've received...
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7U Ranch ~ Seth, Raini, Liam, Charise and Rhian Allen
A dedicated mother and wife who has a passion for everything healthy and gift for simplifying that knowledge and making it applicable for others.
Charise, (also goes by Rise) Takes care of the sheep with her sister, here on the ranch. She also milks cows, and loves creating natural cleaners with quality oils and ingredients, through her business: Natural Oil Health.