Bridgit is about 7 months along (so due in October or so), and Sheila, surprisingly, is only about 4 months along, he thought (due in December/January). The latter is surprising because it doesn't jive with Sheila's accidental pasture exposure in February when the breeder's fence blew down and the whole herd decided to have a party. If that were the case, she'd be more like 6 months along. So, either she found herself a beau in March or April (and please, God, let it have been a Highland), or she's carrying a really small calf. Either way, we feel relieved and blessed, as for either or both girls to have not been pregnant would have been a great disappointment.
We learned a few key things during this vet visit:
- 1" x 4" boards break very, very easily when exposed to a freaked out heifer.
- Bridgit can jump like nobody's business...and will!
- Halter-broken doesn't mean the same thing to all people (our girls don't really qualify as "broken" in the vet's eyes).
- Containment is KEY, and these cows, no matter how docile while being combed, will destroy their surroundings when pressed.
Calving will bring yet another learning curve for Paul and me (and for Bridgit, too, given this will be her first calf), but thankfully we have a couple months before we need to panic. There's a chance Bridgit might have trouble calving because she's "narrow" in the pelvis. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. In the meantime, we'll be doing our best to learn what we need to learn and buy the equipment we need to have on hand to make sure things go smoothly.