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PHOTOS: Birthing season on the farm

Paul Tillyer, hog manager at Brookford Farm in Canterbury, tends to some calves yesterday afternoon. On Sunday, three calves were born within a two-hour window, right after the evening milking, owner Luke Mahoney said. “It was very unique,” he said. For Tillyer, the first birth Sunday was his first time delivering a calf. “I wanted to pay attention to what the cow was doing,” he said, noting that he kept track of breathing to be sure he pulled when she pushed. He said he felt a personal connection with the calf after witnessing its birth and was asked to name it. Last night as he left the farm, which was expecting another calf to be born soon, he yelled from his truck to Mahoney, “Delta! That’s the name.” 
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Paul Tillyer, hog manager at Brookford Farm in Canterbury, tends to some calves yesterday afternoon. On Sunday, three calves were born within a two-hour window, right after the evening milking, owner Luke Mahoney said. “It was very unique,” he said. For Tillyer, the first birth Sunday was his first time delivering a calf. “I wanted to pay attention to what the cow was doing,” he said, noting that he kept track of breathing to be sure he pulled when she pushed. He said he felt a personal connection with the calf after witnessing its birth and was asked to name it. Last night as he left the farm, which was expecting another calf to be born soon, he yelled from his truck to Mahoney, “Delta! That’s the name.” (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Paul Tillyer, hog manager at Brookford Farm in Canterbury, tends to some calves yesterday afternoon. On Sunday, three calves were born within a two-hour window, right after the evening milking, owner Luke Mahoney said. “It was very unique,” he said. For Tillyer, the first birth Sunday was his first time delivering a calf. “I wanted to pay attention to what the cow was doing,” he said, noting that he kept track of breathing to be sure he pulled when she pushed. He said he felt a personal connection with the calf after witnessing its birth and was asked to name it. Last night as he left the farm, which was expecting another calf to be born soon, he yelled from his truck to Mahoney, “Delta! That’s the name.”

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