Sunday, July 17, 2011

I'm Back . . . and Clover is Here!


Look at this little beauty!  Silverbell dropped her calf back on Tuesday and as soon as I got back from the retreat yesterday, before I even took my suitcase out of the car, I hurried to the barn to meet this lovely little pure bred Jersey heifer. Her name is Clover and she's being bottle fed (by Claui's niece who was visiting) because Justin and Claui feel that, by doing this, Clover will bond with them and be easier to deal with in coming years.  (Both Marigold and Silverbell were bottle babies and they're like big pets.)
And now Xena has a friend to hang out with.

Calfie girls just gotta have fun. . .

Ali Ali thinks the two calfies are getting far too much attention. 
After all, it's all about Ali Ali. . . isn't it?

Silverbell is doing well --and producing huge quantities of milk.
She's older than Marigold, a veteran mother and, much to Justin and Claui's delight, a whole lot easier to milk.
 
The picture below is Marigold waiting while Justin milks Silverbell. 
The Jersey Girls really stick together now

I'll tell you all about the workshop (which was terrific) in a future post -- when I've had time to get my laundry done and my emails answered and my tomatoes picked -- and I'll try to catch up with what you all have been doing. But I had to introduce you to Clover first!
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30 comments:

Jon Lee said...

I love Clover. I'm glad you had a good time. Welcome back.

Reflections said...

Thanks for the introduction. So happy to meet Clover! She looks to be quite the little gal.

Ms. A said...

She's a beauty! Welcome back.

Desiree said...

You have a wonderful life , Vicki. Surrounded by so much beauty and a whole selection of delightful animal souls to enrich the landscape. Clover is so cute and she is going to grow up to be a very contented and happy girl. It's great to have you back!

Joan said...

Such a lucky Clover. She is beautiful. I love Jersey cows, so gentle, and those eyes!

Martin H. said...

Welcome to the world, Clover! And, welcome back Vicki.

Miss_Yves said...

" A wonderful world!"

(I'm soon going on holidays, but my computer goes on to publish for me!)

lines n shades said...

what a beauty :) good captures..

Pat in east TN said...

I've always thought Jersey cows were the best, and big or little, they're quite cute and impressive. Thanks for sharing, and welcome back. Looking forward to hearing about the workshop.

Star said...

Yes, you've definitely got your priorities in the right order Vicki. The calf is GORGEOUS, I am so jealous. Would love a stroke or a cuddle. Are you saying that the new calf will be entirely bottle fed? or just some of the time? Forgive my ignorance but I wasn't sure what you meant.
Can't wait to hear all about the workshop. Sounds like you had a great time.

Brian Miller said...

glad you had fun at your workshop...and big smiles on the baby...what wonderful names you give them...

chiccoreal said...

How adorable, Vicki! Does Jersey milk taste better than other kinds of milk? Think I am going to buy a Jersey Milk chocolate bar...I am getting hungry! Moooo... Hugs and kisses to the darlings.

Louise said...

There is just something about a Jersey cow that makes you stop and look twice. Their color, their eyes, their gentleness that is obvious even in pictures. I'm glad that you showed us Clover as soon as you could. She is a little beauty, and it will be fun watching her grow up.

Thérèse said...

Clover was certainly nice to meet!
Is there any kind of Jersey milk tasting? I wonder! ;-)

GrandmaK said...

What wonderful pictures!!! Am able to have access to the computer and just had to stop by! It is always such a pleasure to visit here! Have a wonderful day! Cathy

Vicki Lane said...

Jersey milk is much richer(more cream) than Holstein milk. Holsteins are the black and white cows used by most American dairies. Sometimes dairies will also have a few Jerseys or Guernseys to bring up the butterfat level to the desired level.

As far as taste -- hard to say. Our kids loved it when they were growing up and Justin's gone back to drinking milk, now that we have our own. Our milk isn't pasteurized and it's very very fresh -- different from store milk and, we think better,but. Sad to say, I don't really like drinking milk. I get my dairy fix with yoghurt, cheese, etc.

Yes, Clover will be bottle fed all the time. The small dairy we purchased Silverbell from always does that with their calves and it's what Silverbell is used to. She seems not at all distressed to not be personally feeding her baby--- if she were upset, she'd be bawling and carrying on.

As a matter of fact, they tried to let Clover suck the first day and Silverbell's bag is so big and the teats so near the ground that Clover, who is fairly long-legged, had trouble getting to them.

So good to be back and as soon as I spend a little time in the garden, I'll come blog visiting.

Kath said...

congratulations on Clover. Such pretties babies!

JJM said...

What a lovely calf Clover is -- and what a grand thing to come home to!

Looking forward to hearing about your week.--Mario

Merisi said...

What a joyous welcome home!
Clover looks like the happiest calf of the universe.

So good to see you back!

Mama-Bug said...

Clover is absolutely a beautiful baby! Jersey's are always the glamour girls of the cow world!

Bouncin' Barb said...

Congrats Grandma! Beautiful Jersey Girl you got there!

Jean Baardsen said...

Missed you. Clover is adorable!

Susan said...

What a welcome! You sound happy to be home with ALL the family members.

Slinkywoman said...

Hi Vicki - Clover is beautiful (though I thought she was going to be Black-Eyed Susan??). I passed a fields near my home today with belted Galloways (Oreo Cows), one had a particularly large belt and I thought - "Must be double-stuffed!" :)

Friko said...

Nice to have you back, but

cattle for pets? For the rest of their lives? I couldn't bear the idea of naming them, bottle feeding them and then watch them go to market.

Vicki Lane said...

Justin and Claui decided they liked the name Clover better.

We had Belted Galloways at one time but found them a lot more skittish than our red Devons. Too hard to deal with when it's time for worming or such.

Ah, but it's just the steers or bulls that go to market, Friko. The cows and especially the milk cows tend to stay around through their honorable service -- just as we have the egg-laying flock that are kept on till they die of natural causes ( including foxes or raccoons) and the broilers that we would never name, knowing that they're bound for the freezer.

NCmountainwoman said...

Welcome home. What a nice homecoming gift. I love the Jersey girls.

Victoria said...

Welcome back! Clover is just too adorable and it's great that Xena has a friend.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Aw, Clover is so cute. I would have headed straight for her first too.

Welcome back. I'm off to read your post on the workshop.
Sam

Tammy said...

Love that calf! She is a beauty and looks quite full of herself. And the best part is that Xena now has a good buddy to pal around with. You are going to have yourself quite the little herd of milk cows.
Poor Ali Ali...I'm sure he doesn't think those silly calves are as cute as he is!
Tammy