Moolan made a surprise entrance to the world on January 6, 2018. This sweet Holstein calf is the baby of one of four heifers who we were unable to take as Farmaste residents because three out of the four tested positive for Johne’s Disease (a progressive digestive disease similar to Crohn’s) . No one knew that her mother was pregnant until she gave birth to this girl. When we received a call regarding a new calf born into a frozen pasture we knew we had to help.
Thankfully it was an uncomplicated birth, however Moolan’s introduction to the world was a a difficult one. She was born into subzero temperatures and the other members of the herd prevented her mom from caring for her. Alone and cold, her caretakers decided to bring her inside, and when we arrived we recommended she be taken to the University of Minnesota for a check-up. After spending about two weeks at the University, she came home and is now a thriving Farmaste resident. This sweet girl loves to play, nap, and eat – she is a baby after all!
Moolan can’t return to the herd to which she was born because it would leave her almost certain to contract Johne’s Disease. However, nothing would make us happier than being able to welcome both mom and baby to Farmaste (since mom is negative- we could potentially accept both). We are doing everything within our power to develop a plan for reintroduction that doesn’t put baby at even greater risk for Johne’s or at risk of being harmed by mom if she doesn’t accept her. We will keep you updated as we move forward.
In the meantime, we will continue to give Moolan all of our love and attention!
You can sponsor Moolan here: https://farmaste.org/sponsor/