Uprooted Magnolia

Wyoming Longhorns, Part I

Posted in Calving, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on February 28, 2012

I’ve been pawing at Patrick to take me to the Wilson Ranch for a while now. Every time we head up Hwy 34 to the plains to fix fence, I can always see their cattle way off in the distance.

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So he finally called them up and they invited us to come up Saturday afternoon. I was thrilled!
Not only because I was going to be up close and personal with award winning Longhorn Cattle, but they are calving right now!

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These little angels are born smaller than the average calf so during calving season, the mommas and babies are enclosed in a high fence pen. Coyotes just love the smell of a fresh born calf and can snatch one away before momma even knows what happened.

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These cows are fairly gentle but knew quite well that we were strangers.

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A few of them kicked the dirt but fortunately no one charged us.

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The baby beauties are born with only nubs on their head. (Lucky for the momma, am I right?)

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Some are born solid white and will develop their coloring over time.

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They were all pretty curious and happy to pose for a portrait.

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It’s amazing how aware and careful they are with their horns.

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This little one is loving her scrub down. Notice the tongue!

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I love her calf bucking in the background. There was a lot of that cuteness going on.

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At a couple weeks old, they start munching on little bits of hay.

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Look at the little nubs coming out.  And I just love those ears!

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Inside the calving barn, the family brands grace the wall.

Stay tuned for more. The next stop is with cows that are yet to calve. They were sunbathing by the crick (creek). 🙂


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  1. RealRanchWife said, on February 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    The calves are just too much fun, aren’t they? Great photos!

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  2. Lenore Diane said, on February 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The shot of the calf bucking got an out loud, “Oh my gosh! Look at him!” from me.
    What a fun story in pictures, Leah. I am glad you were finally able to make it to Wilson Ranch.
    (Thanks for bringing us along for the ride, too!)

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    • leahyetter said, on February 29, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Ha! I know, I think I may have said the same thing when I pulled the images up to review them! So happy to take you on this ride Lenore!

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  3. notesfromrumbleycottage said, on February 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Hey, I am blessing you with the ABC Award. I love what you do here. Enjoy.

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    • leahyetter said, on February 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Oh thank you for doing that! So glad you are enjoying my blog. I’m very flattered. 🙂

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  4. Tisha Clinkenbeard said, on February 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Reblogged this on The big picture view for Tisha and commented:
    Love the photos of the babies especially!

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    • leahyetter said, on February 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Awe shucks, thanks Tisha!

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      • Tisha Clinkenbeard said, on February 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

        You are very welcome. I am especially partial to Longhorns having graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, blush, blush!

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      • leahyetter said, on February 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

        Very cool! So glad these are a little extra special for you then. 😉

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  5. Nina C. said, on February 29, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Nice photos! Lots of cuties in those photos!

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  6. lexy3587 said, on February 29, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Cows! adorable! 🙂 great pics

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  7. cravesadventure said, on February 29, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Who does not love photos of baby animals – oh so cute:)

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  8. Ellen said, on February 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    do you know when the horns start to grow? is it like teething? in the sense that they appear early and it bothers the baby.
    the little ones look so cute!

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    • leahyetter said, on February 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      They are born with nubs and they pretty much start growing when they are born. That’s a good question, I don’t know if it’s like teething. Although I think if they break one, it hurts them. There was one cow where her horns were frozen at a young age so her hers kind of aim downward.

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      • Ellen said, on February 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        poor cow!! condemned for eternity to have sad horns … well, seriously speaking, poor cow! they look particularly cute, I don`t know if it`s the horns or not, but they look adorable, specially the little ones!! I hope it`s not like teething, I don`t know why I thought of it!! but it was a question that popped into my head!

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      • leahyetter said, on February 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        It is a good question though. I will ask next time I see these folks. I agree, there is something especially cute about these calves. Much cuter than our red and black angus, although I do love our reds and blacks. But these little ones look like lambs or…I dunno, just so dang cute!

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      • Ellen said, on February 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        thanks!! let me know what they say about it!!!

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  9. Sheila T Illustrated said, on March 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Magnificent animals! The close-ups of the babies are just too cute!

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