Saturday, February 21, 2009
First calf of the year....
This calf is being sledded to the barn where she and her mother will stay close together and bond before they are turned out to a larger corral. We also will make sure that the calf has suckled and has got the colostrum she needs to jump-start her body and her immunities.
I walked to the corrals to let the heifers out this morning, and as I slowly made my way through them so they wouldn't slip on the ice, I heard the distinct sound of a mama cow "talking" to her baby. And there she was -- licking off the wetness, talking to her calf all the while. The calf was speaking the language too. It really is a love affair that begins with a wet splat on the ground, with familiar smells, and with the first guttural sounds of new life.
Calving has officially begun!