Uprooted Magnolia

Early Arrivals

Posted in Calving, Photography, Ranching, Thankful by leahyetter on February 16, 2011

As I mentioned yesterday, we came upon 2 bundles of joy at Patrick’s place.

This little guy is one day old.

He’s already up and running and as you can see by the drop of milk on his mouth, he’s already sucked.

This calf is only an hour or two old. He was trying to stand by the time we got to them.

But the problem was that she had him across the icy, raging river. She has to cross back over to get to the feed and that means the hours old calf would have to cross as well. We raced home to get the waders so that Patrick could get to the other side and help the calf. But by the time we got back, she had already crossed. The calf was still on the other side balancing on the icy edge. She raced back over and led him to a shallow spot. Before Patrick could get the waders completely on, they were crossing. It was an absolute miracle that the calf made it without going under, but he did. It was a close call to say the least.

Everyone is safe and sound and now it is time to prepare for 300 or more calves to arrive. Let’s hope their mommas are a little smarter and have them on dry ground, away from raging waters.


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  1. Victoria Bennett Beyer said, on February 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    They are adorable!!!


  2. Dare Right said, on February 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    They are so precious! I especially love the last picture; so sweet! What a wonderful story, thank you for sharing it with us!


  3. Stephanie said, on February 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I was biting my nails reading this story! I’m so glad the babies are OK. They are precious!


  4. wherewander said, on February 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm



  5. pinkunderbelly said, on February 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Holy moley, I was a nervous wreck reading this. So glad their story had a happy ending. Don’t know what it is about baby animals that are so darn cute, but you sure captured whatever “it” is.


  6. joyce yorkevich said, on March 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    cute little calf .looks like a holstein…


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