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CloversMum

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Posted - Jul 16 2016 :  10:01:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Introducing Miss Mabel!

Born 7-16-2016, 61 lbs.
Parents: Betsy, registered Guernsey, & Sir Anthony, registered Jersey



Parents: (photo taken October 15, 2015)





Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens

NellieBelle

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Posted - Jul 17 2016 :  03:53:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome to the world of cow, Mabel! I'm partial to the name Mabel. What can I say, just lovely.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Jul 17 2016 :  08:00:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
charlene, Mabel is PERFECT! you and your family nailed the name. I am so happy for y'all.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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maryjane

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Posted - Jul 17 2016 :  10:28:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gosh, I picked a bad day to go missing in action. Congrats Charlene. Fantastic news. I'm so very happy for you. And a heifer! What a dream come true. Good job Betsy. Good job Tony.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jul 18 2016 :  04:37:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Milking was a great success! Betsy did really well and I am so proud is Ethan who had a major hand in the success. I'm posting several of our pictures. The first one shows her in the milk stanchion with a tight flank rope. It was loosened right after the picture :) but we didn't want to take any chances while Betsy had her hobble put on. She never once tried to kick. What a sweet spirit! Mabel favors one tear and you could see normal milk coming from that teat while the other teats still had colostrum. The colostrum was frozen and saved!










This last photo is funny because Ethan set up shade for Mabel in their temporary birthing suite. In the pic, Betsy says thanks for the shade! Only her head is in it!!

But things are going incredibly smoothly!!


Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Jul 18 2016 :  05:07:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Delightful news Charlene. Just the way you would want things to go. The photos are great and Betsy and Mabel are looking good! Good going Ethan with the shade relief! Thanks so much for sharing!

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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maryjane

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Posted - Jul 18 2016 :  07:10:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the update!!!! Wonderful news all around. Just wonderful.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Jul 18 2016 :  08:21:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
congrats charlene, y'all got this nailed. this weekend i was thinking back to when your betsy was a bit standoffish and you had maryjane come out for cow whispering. y'all have come so far with your relationship with betsy, its just really neat. i am so happy for you. tell ethan congrats, he should be very proud of what he is accomplishing. i can't even think how much your heart is bursting with farm joy and also proud parent emotion. you done good girl ;>

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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farmlife

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Posted - Jul 18 2016 :  09:08:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mabel is stunning! I'm so excited you got a heifer. What a wonderful addition to your farm!
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jul 19 2016 :  09:13:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm busy eating right now ... visitors may call later!

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CloversMum

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Posted - Jul 20 2016 :  9:50:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MaryJane, can a cow be registered if she's only half Jersey? Just curious ... Either way, Mabel is a keeper. (I've already had two people contact me about her ... one word. Nope.)

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maryjane

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Posted - Jul 21 2016 :  06:39:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stella and I were discussing the Little House on the Prairie books. In that context I was telling her about my grandmother's life and she said, "That was only four times ago." Since all those breeds, Guernsey, Jersey, and Ayrshire were the same once, the general rule of thumb is four generations.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jul 21 2016 :  8:05:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, MaryJane. I'm really excited to see what sort of milk Mabel produces ... only two years to wait! :)

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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