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Monday, January 23 2012

Remember Paisley? 

 First time mother. Crackhead.

Paisley finally got with the program and figured out how to use her new cell phone (the baby). She is "relatively" attentive now. (unless groceries are concerned) Because her maternal instinct "finally" kicked in, we may keep her another season to see if her problems were just a first time mother thing. If she does it again next year, she's cut from the team though.

 The kid is doing fine but would like to play with the orphaned calf across the fence.

 But since it's not our calf, she had to wait until today for a playmate. 

This little guy was blessed enough to be born to Dancing Cow. She is the most experienced mamma on the ranch. (and would still give Secretariat a run for his money at meal time!)

So when Dancing Cow doesn't show up for breakfast, it's a good bet she has a calf.  Sure enough, we walk back there and find this little fellow.

Dancing Cow is attentive, but doesn't threaten to run me down.  (goooood cow!) So we hauled his momma some breakfast and checked out the new kid on the block. I was happy to see he was a bull calf. Bully's eyes have improved, but not enough for us to be able to keep him as a breeding bull. An untamed blind bull is dangerous, so some time in February, we'll have to butcher Bully.

  I hate to do it, because he's a great bull, but even a gentle bull is dangerous in this condition.  We have pulled him out of the pasture and he's living in the roping arena with a "seeing-eye cow" for a friend.  That's working out well, but there's no way we can return him to the pasture.

We are waiting to see what the bull calf crop looks like this year.  Last year Bully put some really nice bull calves on the ground and now we regret not keeping one as a back-up.

So this little guy may stay a while.  

At birth he's as big as Paisley's two week old calf.

  She is absolutely delighted to finally have a playmate.  He is less than excited to see her at the moment. One sniff and he decided that he'd better follow his momma instead of hang out with this rather forward "red-headed girl." She was most disappointed. Being the first born calf of the season sucks until the rest of the gang comes along.    

  "Will YOU play with me?" 


Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 07:48 pm   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
Oh gosh... they are both so darn cute...
Posted by Linda Nightsky Farm on 01/24/2012 - 12:05 AM
They are super cute. I like baby calves but otherwise I don't "do" cows. They're big fly-magnets that ooze from both ends - yuk lol!
Posted by Sharon on 01/24/2012 - 06:37 PM
ok the cow as crackhead just cracks me up! (pun intended!) i'm pretty sure i wouldn't do well living on a farm, but i sure do enjoy your stories and photos.
Posted by clairesmum on 01/25/2012 - 08:29 PM
I'm not a big 'cow' person either. They aren't any smarter than sheep or goats, but they are certainly a lot bigger, so when they run around acting stupid, humans can become "collateral damage." I'm not a big fan of that. On the other hand, my Other Half just loves cows. Different strokes for different folks!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 01/26/2012 - 05:28 PM
While calves are indeed cute, the rule on this farm is "no animals whose normal stool consistency is diarrhea". The rule has served us well. Sheep and llamas only need apply. ;-)
Posted by Libbye on 01/30/2012 - 10:44 AM

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