Surprise delivery from Bison!

First set of twins born in 2021, to Bison.

Well, well, well!! We had a surprise delivery from our heifer, Bison, on March 11, 2021. She was the first to deliver for 2021 on our Virginia farm; a beautiful set of twins!!

In March 2019, Simply Grazin’ purchased  a heifer (906 Orange) to live on our Baskerville, Virginia farm. She was already pregnant and said to be due in 3 or 4 months, however she never delivered a calf. From there she gave us quite the timeline of events over the last two years and we were almost ready to sell her at auction.

Bison’s timeline from March 2019 to March 2021:

  • Her weight as of May 24, 2019 was 1,320 pounds. 
  • November 6, 2019 the vet confirmed she was pregnant again; due in April 2020.
  • Her weight as of March 11, 2020 was 1,660 pounds.
  • NO calf, again. She never developed a bag, had no signs of aborting a calf; nothing.
  • June 2020 – She remained with the herd as we introduced our herd bull, Ronald to the group. Ronald will be 6 years old in July 2021. 
  • November 24, 2020 – the vet confirmed pregnant again; due in March 2021 (March 6th).
  • Her weight as of November 24, 2020 was 2,000 pounds. She received the name BISON.
  • Since she had been on the farm for 2 years and had produced no calves despite being palpated “pregnant,” we had already been making plans to send her to auction come March 2021.
  • March 3, 2021 – the vet came to check another cow and we had him check Bison again. He said, “Oh yeah… she’s got a big calf.” However, she still had a very small bag.
  • March 9, 2021 – Bison was observed walking slow, it was like she was having to pull her body with her head as she walked.
  • March 11, 2021 – Early that morning BISON gave birth to TWINS with no assistance! Two beautiful black and white heifers. 
    • VAHO1-21 weighed 65 pounds.
    • VAHO2-21 weighed 54 pounds.

This surprise delivery from Bison was definitely her way of telling us she is not going anywhere, and our bull Ronald has still got it going on- LOL 😊! 

We have moved Bison and her two heifers to an area close to the La Crosse barn. This way we can keep a closer eye on them. We want to make sure mom has enough milk to nurse both calves, that both calves are nursing as they should, and we are able to give supplemental milk replacer if needed.

FUN FACT about twins being born on our VA farm:

Last year, the first delivery on our VA farm was also a set of twins!! Those calves have recently been weaned.