Our two-year old heifers will soon meet the one of the men of their life. These girls have turned out so much better than we hoped.
The other two have got out and went back to a closer herd of cattle. One may have gotten bred in March right before we sold one of our bulls. We put the date on our calendars to watch since we try to keep close tabs on heifers when having their first babies. The other one recently decided to take out some old fence and join that herd as well. She and the other six will be back together in mid-June when one of the new bulls, Buckshot, will meet his first ever small herd. There are six Angus and the other two are Angus White-faced.
The cattle market prices have dropped drastically since last fall and now will be the time to add bought heifers but these were raised on the farm. Their mothers are good milkers and their daddy came from a Holstein mother. We can only hope and pray they are great nurturing mothers with lots of milk!
Our calving season has begun and I’ll share some quick pics of the new babies.
We’ve just started the season and we have two heifers and three bulls so far. They’ve all been very small but you wouldn’t believe the energy they have. They’re keeping their mothers busy keeping up with them and when they run across the meadow they thing they’re Super Babies!
We only have three cows left to calve this winter/spring and I wanted to share some adorable pictures of this years crop. This years calves probably have the blackest coats and most prevalent markings of any we’ve raised. They are all about the same size and very playful and curious!
They all are about the same size except for the last three and they all run and play scaring their moms to death. These last three pics are of the ladies that haven’t blessed us yet with their youngster and they have about two weeks left to finish out the herd.
It is calving season on the farm now and we’ve lost three and have 22 on the ground and healthy. We usually have baby calves that weigh between 50-70 pounds at birth. Yesterday we had a first time mama give birth to one that Eddie says is every bit of 125 pounds and Mama is doing great. She has plenty of milk and is very attentive to the baby. When found yesterday afternoon Eddie was shocked and had to work with him for a couple hours. Then I went to help and we gave him some supplemental milk to keep him warm and give him some extra strength. We think maybe his back legs were numb because he couldn’t keep them up for a long time. Mama kept cooing at him and cleaning him and encouraging him. Eddie went to him three more times before we went to bed and tried to give him some more milk but he wouldn’t take it. This morning the big boy is up after a long struggle and doing fine and nursing alot. We’ve lost three calves this year to what we think is a bull that throws monster babies and he’s going to market in the fall if not before. It’s just too hard on the mama’s and two of the mama’s will have to be sold so as not to have anymore babies. Here’s a few pics of Mom and son.