Our Yorkshire Farm: Amanda discusses her fears for calves
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During last Tuesday night’s episode of Our Yorkshire Farm, Channel 5 viewers saw how the Owen family celebrated Christmas. Amanda and Clive were also delighted as all of their nine children were home for the festive holidays. Despite getting into the Christmas spirit, the Owen family were as busy as ever as they were hit with a couple of problems with some of their animals. Not only were Clive and his son Miles worried about the deadly bird flu disease sweeping through their poultry, but Amanda feared two of their twin calves would die when being born.
During the episode, Amanda and her youngest daughter, Nancy were getting the barn ready to ensure their pregnant cows were as comfortable as possible during the cold winter months.
Clive explained that most of their cows were calving, although, it was a bit of a worry because they usually calve from September.
“We like them to calve from September onwards really,” he began. “But here we are at Christmas and we still have a lot of them to calve.
“There are still 20 cows to calve and there are nine calves at the moment.”
“We’re not quite halfway there yet,” Amanda weighed in as her husband continued: “Of course, Lily-May is due in the next week or so. We’re hoping for a lovely calf out of her.”
Amanda added: “She’s never calved before, she’s just a young cow.”
Things soon took an unexpected turn when Nancy asked her parents whether Lily-May was having a baby.
Clive proceeded to sit on the pregnant cow, which did not go down well with Amanda, as he told his daughter: “So this is Lily-May…”
“My cow!” Amanda shouted at her husband. “You’re sat on my cow.”
Four-year-old Nancy went on to ask her mum how many calves are born every year from each cow as Clive appeared to dismiss his other half’s concerns.
“They [the cows] usually have one, one every year,” Amanda explained. “We don’t often get twins. It’s been a long time since we had any twin calves.”
Speaking about the birth of the twin calves, Amanda aired her concern: “You hope that it’ll all go smoothly but the most precarious point, things can go wrong.
“So, we will be keeping an extra close eye on Lily-May.”
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Later on in the programme, the Owen family began to grow more concerned about Lily-May as she went over her due date by five days.
Amanda was so worried that she got up at 2am just to make sure she hadn’t gone into labour without anyone there to help.
“Just look at the size of her,” Amanda said. “She’s huge. It’s more unusual for a first-time calf to have twins, but it happens.
“It’s two o’clock in the morning and I am just out here having a look at how Lily-May is doing. At the moment she is just making a grunting noise. I just need to make sure she doesn’t start to calve.”
The morning after Amanda had fears for Lily-May after she struggled to give birth.
At that point, the Owen family had no idea that their cow was carrying twins. It was only when two of their daughters realised how big the cow was that they questioned it.
After calling in the vet to help with the birth, they confirmed that both calves were breach, meaning they were coming out feet first.
It was a race against time for Lily-May after she failed to give birth after two hours.
Speaking about her worries, the mum-of-nine said afterwards: “I’m out here with Lily-May.
“It was a bit of a struggle. There was a point where we thought we weren’t going to get the calves out alive. But, fortunately, with the help of two vets, she’s made it.”
Our Yorkshire Farm airs on Tuesday at 9pm on Channel 5.
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