I thought he was joking because, well, he's done that a time or two. ;-)
But sure enough- the whole party trekked through the woods to discover a little fawn-like calf curled up next to her robust Mama.
(Because, you know, hosting a bunch of people for an afternoon isn't eventful enough.)
All week Matt had been out of town and I was petrified that Penny would give birth during that time- and her being a first-time heifer, I was certain there would be "issues" (which I was certain I would be completely inadequate to resolve by myself!) Needless to say, I was more than a bit relieved when Matt came home and no calf had been born. And more than a bit relieved when, as the calf was born, all worked out without a hitch. We weren't even there.
After nine months of waiting- the last two being almost unbearable for the boys in this family- Penny had her calf. (A good sized calf, too!) Without any problems. She cleaned out perfectly fine. She is just an angel at milking time- she stands still as a statue and never kicks or dances around.
The calf was having a few issues with scours but she is on the upswing now.
We've gotten 16 pounds of milk at each milking (about two gallons)...making four gallons a day. I really wish we had pigs right now to feed the milk to since a calf can only drink so much colostrum and I sure won't!
Oh- and by the way... her name is Ellie.