Six new calves born in the last two weeks, and all six with no assistance needed – thank goodness no replay of last year’s calving adventure. Four of the six were first time heifers (females that have never given birth before) and they calved on their own with no problems. The other cow that calved was Laverne, who had quite the ordeal last year. This year, all went well – hooray! Calving ease is one of the traits Lowlines are known for and one I especially appreciate. I am way too old and cranky to be pulling calves at midnight.
The newborn calves are so cute, watching them learn to stand and maneuver around in the world is one of my favorite things about raising cattle. They are usually standing up trying to nurse within 15 - 20 minutes of being born. This little one is from our heifer Nellie. Nellie is one of our own calves from two years ago out of my favorite cow Mildred and our bull Ox. B-5 is a second generation calf for us out of our other bull Snapshot – exciting!
The first calf of the season was born when we still had snow on the ground, which didn't seem to bother the calf or her mama Rosie. Four of the six calves are heifers (girls) all healthy and doing well. We are very pleased with our calf crop so far. We are hoping that the rest of our bred cows and heifers (thirteen more to come) do as well as these first six..