Yesterday, our beautiful young Fiona gave birth to her first calf.
Since turning the farm bio dynamic almost two years ago the farmer has stopped removing the horns of cows. Fiona is the first cow with horns on this farm to give birth. And she is such a beautiful cow.
When bringing the cows home from the pasture, I saw that Fiona was starting to give birth. A hoof was already protruding.
I was very excited. I was worried that we would not make it all the way back to the stables and she would lay down and give birth right there. But we made it back without a problem. I locked off a part of the stables and put in fresh straw for her to be comfortable.
When the head started protruding, I went to check whether the calf was breathing. It was not. Maybe it was already too late, but I had to try and get the calf out as quickly as possible if it should have any chance of surviving.
I ran for help. We got two ropes and tied them to the calf's legs to pull it out.
It was a struggle. For 15 minutes we pulled with all our strength. Against all hope we kept pulling. We knew it would most likely be too late for the calf. But at least we must save Fiona. If the calf gets stuck at the hip, Fiona only has a few hours before she will also die. Then, the last chance to save Fiona is to saw the calf in pieces while still inside her. With a saw string. That is as ugly as it sounds.
So we keep pulling with all our strength.
And finally the calf pops out. We check on it. It is dead.
We give Fiona a hug and let her know that she was brave. We thank her for her strength. We are grateful she is still with us.