Wednesday evening, I found a surprise while doing chores. We had a heifer freshen in the shed. We didn't think we had any pregnant heifers left on the farm after our auction in March. We are a little embarrassed missing her. Her baby is a heifer, but very small. She is about 30-40 lbs, she was born premature. An average Holstein newborn is about 70-100 lbs. Yesterday my Dad found a home for the mother on a local dairy farm, and today the baby went to my brother's house. My parents thought it would be neat for them to have a calf to care for, as she needs a lot of extra care right now because she was so premature. The girls are excited. Their house is also near my parents' house, so there will always be someone near to take care of the baby. During the week, our work schedules will not allow for the proper care for the new one. The odds of survival is against her, but these past few days she has been eating well. We hope she will pull through.
Today we finished staining the bistro set that we completed a few weeks ago.