Loss of Daisee’s calf devastating

As I was writing my “Moos” column last week, my favorite cow (“Daisee”) was calving.
I actually didn’t even know, but I had her in the barn since I did think she would be my next one.
So in the hour-and-a-half between morning chores and my next check, she had calved. And for some reason she had a dead calf.
I was devastated—this shouldn’t happen to Daisee! And I was mad at myself—what if it came backwards, or maybe it came in the sack and suffocated. I will never know, but I was mad and sad.
The worst part is Daisee has a small spot on her eye, and deep down I know that I likely should send her on the bus before it causes problems. But yet it’s Daisee!
I barely could look at her for a few days without feeling bad. And she was sure I was gonna fix her problem, and she waited for me at the gate every time I opened the house door.
She is 11 years old now and only has missed going to the Emo Fair a couple of years. She waits anxiously about mid-July thinking it’s getting close to the time that she will get some extra TLC.
My other heifer with her newly-adopted baby was doing well, so that wasn’t an option. My vet cousin figures it’s an eye injury but there isn’t much we can do.
Daisee also holds a special spot for me since Gary Teeple told me one time that she was his favourite cow, too, and those are things you never forget!
Other than that, calving has been ticking right along. I’m only waiting on 14 more.
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My muskrat friend also turned up dead! I’m not sure what exactly happened, but I’m suspicious that he may have fell victim to a good head butt from one of my new protective moms.
Anyway, I now have something to ship to keep my trapping licence active!
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Laura Z. and I clipped six or seven bulls at Cornell Farms last week so he can begin advertising his 2012 bulls he has to offer.
We have a few more to go, but my cows have been cutting into my free time. I think I’ve only been to Emo twice this month!
Be sure to check out the bulls at CornellFarms.ca
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One of the hardest-working farm women and wonderful mom turned 60 last week. If you see Shirley Teeple, be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!
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A final reminder about the 4-H Awards Night this Friday (March 2). Contact Kim Desserre if you plan to attend.
And don’t forget about the wild food workshop this Saturday (March 3)—contact Rick Neilson for more details—as well the food security gathering slated for Thursday, March 8 (you need to register with Siobhan at the Northwestern Health Unit office in Emo).

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