Life on the Farm

 
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I am Beth Lavy, an owner of Sugar Creek Piedmontese.  I have been married to Chuck for 33 years.  We have two boys that are now grown; Steven and Philip.  Steven is married and his wife’s name is Megan. They have two girls named Makennah and Parker.  Philip is also married, and his wife’s name is Liz. They have one little girl named Anastasia.  My parents, LeRoy and Mary Ellen, live just down the road from us, less than a ¼ mile.

I have never written a blog before, nor do I feel that I am a very good writer.  If you are one of my customers, you do know that I can talk.  All of us will find out whether I can take my verbal stories and put them down on paper.  Please be patient as I find my way with this blog.   


Makennah & Ginger Snap

Makennah & Ginger Snap

This story started late one evening in April, a heifer (LP 402) went into labor and she need assistance.  For those of you that don’t know a heifer is a female cow that has never had a baby yet. We gathered the help we needed, brought LP 402 out of the pasture and into a pen so that we could assist her with delivery of her calf.  Everything with the deliver went picture perfect.  It wasn’t a hard delivery and we had no problems.  After a calf is born everyone has their jobs, my mom and Chuck check the calf to make sure it is ok; nothing blocking it’s airway, make sure the umbilical cord is not bleeding and pull it in front of the cow so that she can see that it is alive and well. My job is to check the mother for any potential problems, (blood vesicles that may need to be clamp, hemorrhaging, or uterus prolapse) all that can happen after delivery, most of the times none of this happens.  Not this time, I saw that the heifer was prolapsing, and I called for reinforcements.  I do not mean the Vet; Chuck and I and my parents worked to put her uterus back in.  Not an easy task to do, but once completed both mother and baby were doing fine, but  Since it was late and with all that had happened, we decide to take LP 402 and her calf to the barn, so that we could watch them for a couple of days.

The next morning when I went to check on her and the calf, I found that the LP 402 had died, but her calf was just fine. It is always a sad day on the farm when we loss an animal.  But life must go on and a little heifer calf needed a mother.  So being the practical person I am I looked to another cow (Danelle) that had lost one of her twins the day before.  Danelle had enough milk for two calves so I thought I would try to foster this calf on to her.  We have had a lot of success in the past with fostering.  After working with Danelle for a little over a week and she still would not take the little orphan calf I decide it was time for me to make her a bottle calf.

So, Chuck and I, along with my granddaughters (Makennah (8) and Parker (4)) have been feeding her morning and night with a bottle.  It was during one of these feedings Parker asked what her name was. Well she did not have one yet, just little girl.  Parker and I tried out several names (Gidget, Geranium, and Grace) until Parker settled on Ginger Snap.  Now the little girl had a name LP Ginger Snap 39G.  Check back for more updates about Ginger Snaplog posts coming soon - can’t wait to share news from the farm!