Sixth Day of Christmas...on a Kansas Ranch

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
six cows a'calving...
Early signs of labor!
Front feet and nose are out...things should progress fast now!
The shoulders are the largest part, and sometimes get stuck.
After the shoulders, the rib cage is compressed, pushing out any amniotic fluid. The calf tries to breathe, but can't until the ribs are free.
He's out! Mama will take a moment to catch her breath, and then will stand up to begin cleaning him and calling to him!
The miracle of birth! He is less than a minute old!

So, the song says "six cows a'calving" and anyone who reads my blog and knows our story knows that we have many more cows than six, but we can stretch it to mean six cows calving at the same time! We do have that happen from time to time! The number really doesn't matter. What does matter is the miracle of birth. It is amazing, messy and beautiful all at the same time! Nature is awesome!

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