The annual Isla's Calving Date Competition ran each year from 2001 until 2009. Isla died at the end of 2009.
In 2011 Virago Eva 81, Isla's great Granddaughter, calved for the first time and the annual competition has since centred on her.
The competition closed at midnight on Sunday, 4 October and the (hopefully) happy event will be announced as soon after it occurs as possible.
CONGRATULATIONS to Megan from Martinborough, who correctly guessed today and got the sex right too!
The usual gestation period for cattle is 275 - 290 days (about two weeks longer than human babies).
This year's calf is sired by our bull 87 and the action of interest occurred on New Year's Eve (she was his New Year's Eva?)
Guessing the sex of the calf is just an extra bit of fun, although if two people guess the correct time and one gets the sex wrong, that would decide the winner.
The prize is the winner's choice of a six-month subscription to New Zealand Lifestyle Block Magazine or a weekend for two on the farm as our guests, for guessing closest to the actual time of calving.
Thank you all for your entries as listed below:
|3 October||Stephan, Diggers Valley: 1am, bull
|4 October||Dominique, Luxemburg, Wisconsin: 12.30pm, heifer
|5 October||Megan, Martinborough: 12.10am, heifer
|7 October||Ruth, Diggers Valley: 7.35am, heifer
Steve, Huntly: 5.35pm, heifer
Sue, Ohau: 9.30pm, bull
Bernie, Melbourne, Australia: 10.35pm, bull
|8 October||Nadene, Mangatawhiri: 6am, heifer
Rhys, Christchurch-ish: 6.15pm, bull
|9 October||Suzi, Waiwera: 11.20pm, heifer
|12 October||Joyce, Loveland, Ohio USA: 1.05pm, heifer
Hannah, Orewa: 2.15pm, bull
Maria, East Taieri: 9.05pm, bull
Shelley, Waitakere: 10.30pm, heifer
|13 October||Jon, Waitakere: 8.45pm, bull
|15 October||Sandy, Central Hawkes Bay: 10.30pm, heifer
|16 October||Melanie, MS, US: 4pm, heifer
|19 October||Renée, Otaki: 5am, heifer