Dexter Calves at FullCircle Farm

This is such a beautiful and moving post by the author of FullCircle Farm. Enjoy!

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FullCircle Walter- 5/28/15 FullCircle Walter- 5/28/15

On the night of May 28th, @ 10 pm to be precise, we were once again witness to the miracle of birth. Our first Dexter calf of 2015 was born that night. Our matriarch momma cow Belle Fourche Merrideth, @ the age of 11, was preparing to give birth to her 9th calf. Experienced. She began her labor, walking, circling, up and then down and then up again. Laboring, contractions, pushing. Contractions getting closer. Lying down, a giant push & the water broke. Up again, walking, circling, up and then down and then up again. Hoof toes appear, then 2 pale colored hooves, soles down… so good to see the correct position. Labor, contractions, pushing. A nose appeared, a pale colored nose & a tongue… so good to see.  Quickly there was a head, then shoulders, then a warm wet calf dropped to the straw covered floor…

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