Yesterday we were hard at work in the vineyard, thinning shoots and finishing up our additional Pinot vine plantings when Arnold was called down to the family farm. A cow was having difficulty giving birth. They needed more people to help with the calving. Of course, I grabbbed my Nikon and hopped into my car and followed Arnold rushing down the mountain to their family farm down the road in the valley below. It took five people to get the job done. The calf was much too big for this first time heifer to give birth on her own. This would take a nose harness to secure the cow in position, some rope to attach to the calf's front feet and three people to pull the calf out. That's right! Three!
Now the images below might be considered graphic by those not familiar with farming or the birthing process. I will make the images very small so you can just glance over them without looking too closely. For those of you who want a closer look, you can click on the images and marvel at the miracle of birth!
Mama and baby are doing fine
Harvey grasps the calf's front feet to tie to the rope
Found them and he loops the rope around them
Making sure he's got a good grip
Pull, pull! Here it comes!
A huge calf !
One last tug and... swish! Onto the floor he drops
And with him, everyone who was pulling!
Rub, rub, rub that calf to get him to take his first breath
And instinct takes over
And Mama cleans her calf
And is so proud of her new baby
I love you