Monday, March 15, 2010

New Calf

After wading through the cold muck and mud, there is nothing quite as encouraging as finding a newborn calf in the calving shed.
Licked clean by his mother, he is dry and warm in the fresh straw. It's time to see if he can get up and eat.
No problems which means this calf will be strong and frisky by the end of the day.
He will spend the next six months nursing from the cow. His mother is a good milker and he will grow at an amazing rate. During the summer months the calf will learn to eat grass in the pasture and grain from a feeder. By fall he will be weaned and begin life on his own. His mother will already be carrying her next calf. Thanks to Cattleman Jim for taking the photos in this post.

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