Saturday, April 16, 2011

Baby Faces

This is the time of year on our farm when we have baby calves and they are so cute.  This little black heifer has her tongue sticking out - wonder if she is thinking about milk or giving another calf a raspberry.  I know it is a heifer because the blue ear tag is in her left ear.  John tags little bull calves in the right ear and heifers in the left that way he can tell at a glance which it is.

Take a look at this cow below…in the first photo she is just standing there and the second one she is mooing at her baby.  Glad I caught that with the camera.  Her baby is the red/white face one.
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One interesting thing about cows when they have calves is that they take turns baby sitting a group of them.  You can see that in the first photo.  There were 7 or 8 calves and a couple of cows watching over them.  They do this when they are all in the pastures in the summer too.  The baby sitter cows and their group of calves might be clear across the pasture from the the calves mothers who graze for a while then come back and another couple of cows will take over the baby sitting duties.  The calves do follow their mothers at times but must get tired and need to rest.  The older they get the less of this you see.
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We have a mixture of breeds of cows – we have beef cows not milking cows.  We have some Hereford cows, some Limousin  cows and some of the Limousin are red and some are black then we have some cows that are a cross between Hereford and Limousin.  Our bulls are all Limousin, some are red and some are black.  OK, that is the genetics of our herd if you wanted to know. 

We are about 3/4 done with having calves and have had really good weather for calving until the rain and snow we had earlier this week.  It is so much nicer for the cows and calves and Mr. Farmer John when it is dry and warm and thank goodness nice weather is back and the snow didn't last.



Marié said...

HI Lynn

This is most interesting. I am a dairy farmer and our cows' calves are taken away 3-5 hours after birth. Cows are most intelligent and I am sure they are communicating to each other on a tone level our ears do not hear. Who want to swim with dolphins if you can walk with cows!

Nicky said...

We have lambs in the field next to us and I love to wach their antics - they are so playful.

YankeeQuilter said...

Your Limousins are the coloring.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

I always like seeing all the little calves in the pastures in the spring....actually I'm a sucker for just about any baby animal. Comes from growing up on a farm I guess where us kids and the young animals were buddies.

Feather on a Wire said...

Love Limousins and Herefords. I'm surprised the Herefords don't have problems calving with the big beasites. Or are Herefords bigger in the States?


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