It’s a boy!


"What are you looking at?"

#NormaTheBestCow ever had herself a little doctor’s appointment last week. This wasn’t just any appointment this was the appointment where we all got to find out if she would be having a girl (Heifer) or a boy (Bull). Yes, believe it or not cows get pregnancy checked by ultrasound just like humans. I think it’s interesting that cows, just like humans, have a nine month gestation. Norma’s due date is in July. Not all farmers use ultrasound to pregnancy check their cows but we do.

Norma is having a bull calf. I’m not going to lie, I am disappointed. On a dairy farm you hope for heifer calves out of your best cows so that you can carry on the family for generations. However I am happy that Norma is going to calve and stay in our milking herd in the future. Norma has had 2 heifer calves for me so far, Nermal and Nora. Nermal will calve in April with a bull calf and Nora will be a year old in March and doesn’t have a boyfriend yet.  We don’t raise our bulls for beef so this calf will have to be sold. I am already crossing my fingers for another heifer calf next year.

3 Comments on It’s a boy!

  1. Steph
    January 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm (8 years ago)

    YAY!! Congrats to Norma… and Carrie because I know how hard you had been working on getting her to stick!! My birthday is in July!! Best month ever…maybe you could find someone that would like a bull to raise for breeding and then you’d have many many grandcalves in their family! That would be pretty neat! Seeing she is the best cow ever.. it was just a thought 🙂

  2. Barbara Wogsland
    January 19, 2012 at 10:43 am (8 years ago)

    I know the feeling you experienced when you heard the word “bull”. But after you pick your heart up off the ground you manage to find the good in the news and tell yourself at least she’s still pregnant. Next year a heifer.

    • DairyCarrie
      January 19, 2012 at 11:33 am (8 years ago)

      I am going to keep my fingers crossed for sure!