A few days before a cow is about to give birth on our farm, we bring them into our maternity pen area in the barn. This way we can keep a close eye on them and give them help if they need it. Today, when Tim was out in the dry cow lot, he heard a cow making noises like she was in labor. She was not due for another week or so. Tim rushed over to her and saw that the calf half delivered already. When the calf was fully delivered, Tim noticed that it had a heartbeat, but was not breathing. He immediately cleared its lungs. For the next twenty minutes he preformed CPR on the calf in hopes to revive it.
I wish this story had a happy ending. Instead after intensive resuscitation, the calf continued to be unresponsive and eventually its heart stopped beating. Tim immediately, reached out for help to learn how he could have prevented this situation in the future. He posted a question on Twitter to our hundreds of fellow dairy farmer followers. Within minutes he received several farmers responses with suggestions and advice.
It is devastating when an animal of ours dies from sickness or complications. As dairy farmers, we do everything we know to help our animals live healthy lives. It totally sucks (for lack of better words) when an animals dies and we don’t have any control over the situation. We can learn from the situation and become better farmers. Farming is always about constant learning.
On a happy note, the Brown Swiss cow who was due over two weeks ago, gave birth to a healthy bull calf today. He has a skinny little face and huge floppy ears. He is as cute as button.
Every life matters on our farm. We mourn for those that are lost and celebrate those that are living.
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com