Two days ago, we were joined on the farm by a four-day old heifer, Willow, a russet-coloured Jersey/Angus cross purchased through my good friend Johnny*. The plan is for Willow to be the start of Maisie’s college/OE fund, raising her to breed weaner calves that can be sold on.
Wary Willow meets Abbie during her first bottle feed.
The calf cover keeps her warm in the spring Westerlies.
Willow and Poppy get acquainted.
Tentative to feed from the bottle, it turned out that she has calf scours (diarrhoea) and possibly coccidia, so we’ve confined her to a temporary stall under the main deck and have kept her fluids up all day. Hopefully this, plus some vet meds and electrolytes we’ll pick up tomorrow, will see her perk up and recover.
* You can see Johnny doing his off-farm rural postie job in this recent TV news piece.