We bred to have everyone kidded out prior to the start of the Farm Show (beginning on Friday). Clara is the lone hold-out on us. She looks like she's ready to pop any moment. We're hoping she goes before the low of 11 degrees on Thursday night. If not, I'm seriously considering building a kidding pen in our basement.
The current batch of babies are all snug in their kid-warmers that Ralph builds out of 55-gallon plastic barrels, a light fixture and a 100-watt bulb.Can you believe this is Emma's udder? She's healed quite well considering the extensive wound and loss of the front quarter. As you can see, the teat and quarter is entirely gone. The rear quarter and teat, while intact, isn't functioning. We won't know if it's a complete loss until her next freshening, which will be in September to Sunset Canyon Matinee if our AI guy hit the spot last week when she came into heat. The other half of her udder is perfectly normal and pumping out as much as three and a half gallons of rich milk each day.