Uprooted Magnolia

Springtime Calving

Posted in Calving, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on March 16, 2011

Yes! It is finally spring around here. It’s warming up and that means very little sleep and hard but wonderful work. Cows and ranchers are all busy. Calving is beautiful and precious but it can also break your heart. Fortunately, it hasn’t been too emotional yet.

The calves that were our early arrivals have become bosom buddies and are so entertaining.

They jump, kick and climb on anything they can get their hooves on.

And they are already munching on a little hay.

While the older ones play and eat all day, little ones are being born and are learning to use their legs.

This little one was born to the heifer (first time mother) I had to watch over the other morning. The calf convinced her that she was his mother and she is now very loving and hums to him constantly. She loves her baby and that is such a relief.

He’s so cute and feisty. I’m so glad he made it. They will join the herd soon but for now, he and his mom will stay in a corral separate from the others. He needs to get more comfortable with his legs.

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  1. Nancy said, on March 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Love these little faces! They are so sweet when they come out with their milk mustaches!


  2. pinkunderbelly said, on March 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I had no idea the mamas hum to the babies. How sweet! A mother is a mother, no matter what the species. Thanks for sharing.


    • leahyetter said, on March 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

      All good mothers hum. I remember my mom humming to us. It drove me crazy then but it warms my heart when I think about that now-a-days. 🙂


  3. What cuties! I love this time of year, and the calvies are so precious the short time they stay clean 🙂


    • leahyetter said, on March 17, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Ha! So true. They do get to be pretty messy after a while. I love the glossy coat though.


  4. Stephanie said, on March 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    So, so sweet!! I just want to pet them!!


  5. wherewander said, on March 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    humming? really? that´s fantastic!! and how wonderful pictures!


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