We had not intended to breed Lily as she has proven to be a difficult mother. Lily has consistently delivered her crias prematurely. They have all survived, but it has always been a lot of hard work and aggravation for the first few days getting the baby strong and getting Lily to allow it to nurse. After the first couple of days all is well and Lily ends up bonding with her baby and being a good mom, but those first few days have been a real challenge.
The first time she delivered early, we attributed it to being a first time mom. The second time it happened, we attributed it to shearing day stress (both of her first two deliveries occurred just 3 days after shearing each year). So on the 3rd breeding, we left Lily out of the shearing day line-up so as not to stress her into early delivery. That helped - and she carried the baby about 10 days longer than she had the first 2 years - but she still delivered early. We could no longer accept excuses. Lily was to be out of the breeding program.
So... how did she end up pregnant? Good question!
Last year, we had a very nice herdsire named Triumph here to breed to our Caelia (Lily's mom). We bred Triumph to Caelia several times, but for some reason Caelia never got pregnant. However, during the time that Triumph was here, we had a 'gate incident'. One of our gates was not latched properly and 3 girls got into the paddock with Triumph. Ughhhhh.... Of course Lily (the only girl we didn't want to get pregnant) was one of the 3 girls that got in, and the only one of the 3 to get pregnant!
Triumph went home and Caelia never did get pregnant. And then this spring, we had to make the very difficult decision to have Caelia put down. Caelia had developed an abnormal growth that was affecting her ability to urinate (any possibly her ability to concieve?). It had probably been there for some time, but we never saw symptoms until it had grown large enough to affect her in a very serious way.
So the breeding we wanted for Caelia never came to fruition but was 'received' by her daughter, Lily. In all these years, this is the only unplanned pregnancy we have ever had. Maybe things happen for a reason? Call it destiny?
We think so! With thoughts of Caelia and remembering that this breeding was intended for her, we are proud to present Destiny of Pronkin' Pastures!
We are thrilled to report that Lily carried this baby full-term, and delivered a very robust 21.4 pound girl!
And unlike what has happened with the premature deliveries, Lily is proving herself to he a nurturing and attentive mom right away!