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Calving time on the Dakota Ranch

Posted in Calving by leahyetter on March 28, 2010

Calving time on the Dakota Ranch:

We’re calving here on the ranch and these shots are from a couple of days ago. The snow is pretty much gone today but the wind has picked up. It’s been blowing at about 30mph.

This little one and her mother got across the creek so we needed to trot them through the fence to join the others. To quote Patrick “Pip-squeak is running the show here”. The mother is playing along. The calves frolic like puppies.

I learned how to hum like momma to get the calf to follow. This one is just a couple days old and the new mom couldn’t get baby to follow her out of the corral. In comes Leah in the 6 inches of snow humming and walking along the fence line to get them to follow. I loved every minute of it and calf and momma were grateful.

We check on them several times a day to make sure everyone is well and suckling and eating. And sometimes they bust through fences so Patrick has to go to them and shoo them out of off limit areas. This calf needed a little assistance to get through the fence.

Back with mom.

Hey lady, where’s the grub?

No really. I wanna eat.


And I love visiting these 2 young ones. They love showing off for the the camera.

Nothing like pulling into the driveway with calves in the drive. I love those faces!

And in the front yard.

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  1. Nancy said, on March 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

    LOVING the blog and seeing your new life. You go, cowgirl!


  2. Stephanie said, on March 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Those calves are so precious!!


  3. Jessica said, on March 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Can we say awwww!! Tell them to buck up for branding in July!


  4. Ken said, on March 31, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Leah, I am so completely haha hehe YEAH!!!! happy for you – you deserve every bit of this.


  5. Charlene said, on April 3, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Leah – still LOVING your blog! I almost feel like I’m there too – your photos are so magnificent! I hope you’re settling in and are HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!


  6. Alena said, on April 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    It looks like you are settling in just fine! We all miss you but be glad you are not here…the pollen is HORRIBLE!!!! Love you!!


  7. Roban said, on October 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve moved through your entire blog and am blown away by these beautiful images. The baby cow being fed, the calf right after birth, the beautiful horses, the border pups…. the landscape and sky…. What an amazing blog you have.


    • leahyetter said, on November 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Roban, of course I remember you! I’m glad you stopped by my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy it. Very Best~Leah


  8. Over the Moon « Uprooted Magnolia said, on January 22, 2011 at 8:39 am

    […] got more to share with you as calving time is approaching. There will be plenty of cuteness, angry cows and big sticks!  Stay […]


  9. Humming « Uprooted Magnolia said, on March 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    […] To get the calf to recognize her as it’s mother, she will hum. The hum is a low pitch, closed mouth mooooooo, obviously. Then, when they are all mixed up in the herd together, mom can hum and the calf can find her quickly. It is also a way to comfort the calf if frightened by us humans. I remember one very snowy day last year a calf got herself turned around in an offshoot of a corral and couldn’t find her way out. The mother was already out and was humming to get the calf’s attention.  The snow was so high, up to my knees, and the calf started to panic. Patrick instructed me to go in there and hum to her. I did, and the calf turned around. I continued to hum as I led her out to her mother into the corral. I mentioned that here. […]


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