Late Breaking News

14 Apr

Maxine has twins!

Maxine and calves

Maxine and calves

Yep.  She’s never had twins before, but she had twins earlier this evening.  Here is Bull #1.

Bull Calf

And this is Bull #2.

Bull Calf

They are both doing well, but they need some help nursing her huge udder.

Gelbvieh cow

At least once they get it figured out (and my brother-in-law milks out a gallon of colostrum to freeze), she’ll have plenty to feed them.

Gelbvieh cow and twin calves

Way to go, Maxine!  In other news, I just found out that Norma Jean calved about three weeks ago.  She had either a bull or a heifer.  At least I do know that everyone is doing well.

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38 Responses to “Late Breaking News”

  1. Dawn April 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    Wow! the photos remind me of when I still lived at home and we milked by hand. It seemed like I had to milk the cow the most when she calved. Thanks for the memories 🙂

    • Teresa April 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      They raise beef cows, but those Gelbvieh’s are multi-purpose cows. She’s certainly a good milker.

  2. Tracy April 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    TWINS!!?? Wow!! They all look great. You’re too funny on Norma Jean: “She either had a bull or a heifer.” Hahaha 🙂

    • Teresa April 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

      That’s what I was told about Norma Jean’s calf when I asked. They said they’d have to look in the record book because they’ve had a lot of calves born in the last month.

  3. brokenbarnfarm April 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    Way to go Maxine! And thank goodness for your brother in laws patience in helping her and them! Glad Norma Jean did well too!

    • Teresa April 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

      Norman is definitely the “cow whisperer.”

  4. Jan April 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    Good for Maxine. And they look healthy too! Norma Jean had a heifer or bull;lol. Yes;Norman is good with the animals!

    • Teresa April 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

      Well, they didn’t remember what Norma Jean’s calf is.

  5. Patty Leonard Woodland April 14, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    Oh how exciting!

    • Teresa April 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      It is. I’m glad she’s still part of the family even if she doesn’t live with me anymore.

  6. TexWisGirl April 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    good to see maxine again! and her cute boys. 🙂

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 6:41 am #

      She might not really be mine now, but I’m glad Norman has her and I can still go see her. Amazed she had twins!

  7. Karen Seek April 14, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    That is terrific !!!!!! Congrats!!

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 6:41 am #

      She’s a good mom, so she should do well raising them.

  8. YourSis April 14, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    Good job Maxine!!!

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 6:42 am #

      She did quite well!

  9. pattisj April 15, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    That Maxine is full of surprises! Two bulls. Nice.

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 6:42 am #

      I certainly wasn’t expecting it. She’s thirteen when she has her first set of twins.

  10. Margaret April 15, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    Great news. I have never seem an udder as huge.

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 6:43 am #

      Well, that’s her only drawback. With it being so big and saggy (a sign of lots of milk) her babies always need help to start nursing.

  11. Gunilla April 15, 2015 at 2:09 am #

    Sweet little boys! Glad they’re all doing well.

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 6:43 am #

      They really are adorable! Miss having my bovine family here.

  12. Eileen April 15, 2015 at 5:04 am #

    Great news about Maxine and her twins.. Congrats, they are cuties! Have a happy day!

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 6:43 am #

      Thanks, Eileen. It really was good news!

  13. Claire Moxon April 15, 2015 at 6:04 am #

    Wow Maxine! Great news – glad they (and NJ’s calf) are healthy. That really is an enormous udder! I’m sure she will be much more comfortable when the calves figure out how to use it!

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 6:44 am #

      That happens when really good milkers start aging. Gravity works. Glad Norman has her to be patient and help the calves nurse.

  14. Alica April 15, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    Wow! Good job Maxine! I’m glad to hear they’re doing well…such cuties! I just love those black faces. I’m also glad to hear that Norma Jean had either a bull or a heifer. I would’ve been concerned, otherwise! 🙂 You know I’m giving you a hard time!

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 9:05 am #

      I know. They just couldn’t remember which Norma Jean had, so they were giving me a hard time. 😉 Of course, I’m giving him a hard time for getting twins from Maxine, when I never got that.

  15. Freda Mans April 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Amazing! Glad all the goats are doing great!

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

      Well, these are cows 😉 but they are all doing well.

  16. Jeanne April 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    That’s fantastic! Yay for Maxine and Norma Jean! Those little bull calves are beautiful! Poor Mama Maxine – that IS an unusually large udder!

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

      Her udder is what happens to a heavy milker as they age. That’s why I was going to retire her. She busted out of my pasture in search of a bull (how she got her twins).

  17. Candy C. April 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    Congrats to you and Maxine! They are very handsome!! 🙂

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

      Maxine is with my brother-in-law now, so congrats to him and Maxine! It does make me miss having her though.

  18. Pat April 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    What cute little boys! Way to go, Maxine!

    • Teresa April 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

      Yes! Certainly was a surprise.

  19. Gayle April 18, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Twins and both bulls! That’s a good thing right?

    • Teresa April 18, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

      That is a good thing. They should grow well and sell well.

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