This afternoon I had a meeting in South Bend, so didn't get home from church until about 2:30. Leifschon met me outside the barn and said something about Smarty Pants's calf. Say what? I asked, "You mean Blackie's calf, don't you?"
"No," she said. "Smarty Pants just had a calf. It's standing and looks fine."
I headed for the house for my boots and my camera. Leifschon didn't know if it was a bull or a heifer, so off I went across the pasture to see for myself. I snapped several pictures, was pretty sure it was a heifer, but I stuck my hand between her back legs to be sure. Yup, there were four tiny little teats! It's a girl!!
I have said that I am going to sell all of the calves this year. Our herd is getting too big, it's too much to handle. But of course, I am already planning what a fine dairy cow she will make in a couple of years. Hopefully reason will prevail, and I will put the ad in the Farmers Exchange and find her a good home.