One of my favorite times of the year is coming! Calving season!! This time next week there should be some born, or as we typically say, “on the ground”.
We have 30 head of Gelbvieh, Gelbvieh cross, Angus cross and Balancer cows here at our house and they are due to calve next week! The kids and I love watching the mama’s and new babies walk by every morning on their way to water. The calves run and play and the mama’s lumber by so proud of their new young ones.
This is also the time of year that we don’t let the kids into the pastures with the mama cow’s. Cows are just like any mama and they don’t like their babies messed with or strangers around. That is why my dad comes down to our house at least twice a day to check this herd. The cows are used to him and allow him to check their calves once they are on the ground. He likes to catch the calf within hours of being born so that he can record its weight, tag its ear and record what sex it is. A booster shot is also given to insure that the calf has a good start in life. Just like we give our kids shots to protect them when they are babies. If the babies are a day old, it makes it a little harder to catch them. They already have strong legs and can move fast and wiggle away.
Last year this calf, Vinny, had to be pulled. You see he was not coming the normal way with his head between his front legs. He was coming with his bottom first. Cows can not have babies this way without help. The vet was called and he arrived in time to assist. All ended up being just fine!! Vinny is now almost a year old and is being developed as a bull, (he gets to be a daddy).
Look for lots of pictures of baby calves to come!
Blessings to You,
Laurie – Country Link