It finally happened; last night our cow Buttercup gave birth to a beautiful female calf. It went well, but the journey to motherhood is not always an easy one, so Buttercup is confused and struggling to figure out who this little being is and whether she should love it or reject it. We are easing them into it, under supervision. Looks like it's going to work. We want them to be together; there is no need for us to take the calf from her mother like they do in the industry. There will be enough milk for all.
The name has been under hefty debate, Freja is determined that she should be named Løvetann (Dandelion) - we have flower names on our cows (Daisy, Sorel, Buttercup) - but because she is born in spring and we found a coltsfoot (hestehov) today, she is Tussie! Because you knew that coltsfoot in Latin is tussilago farfara, right? So here she is; Tussie, our fifth calf born on the farm!