After much reading and research about Jersey cows, we realized that Isabell could have come into her first heat cycle between 9 and 10 months of age. She is now 16 months old so the timing is right. As we stopped to think about it, we remembered that she kept going to the neighbor's farm often. Then one day she decided to stay at home. We figured she must like our farm more and perhaps she was too big to fit through the fences. Just a few weeks ago Michael mentioned that Isabell was the healthiest looking animal on the farm. She was nice and plump so we assumed she was getting enough to eat. What we didn't realize was that little Isabell was pregnant and the calf that we thought belonged to the neighbor was really ours. I am SO glad that we didn't catch the little calf and take it to the neighbor's and tell him that his newborn calf was missing. How embarrassing that would have been. He is always laughing at my ignorance of farm things so I am sure he would have gotten a belly laugh out of me trying to give away my calf. I am just thankful that Isabell and the calf are both fine. We are feeding Isabell extra to help her out. Because she is so young she is still a small cow so this young cow is now responsible for a new calf, but it looks like it is all working out fine. Who knows...maybe I will have a cow to milk before long!!!
grace and peace,