It’s not every day you strip off and take a swim in a dam — especially in the middle of winter.

But some quick thinking was needed when excitement turned to shock at a Yarram farm earlier this week.

Louise Jones was out in the ute checking calving beef cows when she noticed a young heifer give birth across the paddock.

“As the steam rose from the calf I thought, ‘Oh, that’s great’,” she said.

But the situation changed quickly.

“Obviously the cow was licking and nudging the calf and making sure it was alright, but the calf slipped into the dam and the cow followed,” Ms Jones said.

She shed her jumper and boots and raced in to rescue the calf.

“I went from hypothermia to probably heart attack material to probably hysteria because the calf disappeared under the dam water,” Mss Jones said.

Luckily Ms Jones saw bubbles rising to the surface and swam over.

“I could duck dive and feel the calf’s fur on the bottom of the dam … I grabbed the calf from the bottom of the dam and lifted it up and [dragged it] to the edge.

Ms Jones says she is a strong swimmer but the rescue was anything but easy.

By the time she had the calf back on the bank she was “freezing”.

Ms Jones’s partner, Jason Hobson, had no trouble believing the story.

He was at work when the drama unfolded but said he had found calves in some “strange places”, including on an island in the middle of a river.

The rescue is a day on the farm Ms Jones won’t soon forget.

Farmer plunges into freezing dam to rescue newborn calf
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