Uprooted Magnolia

Tender Moments at Calving Time

Posted in Calving, Photography by leahyetter on April 7, 2014

Not unlike most days lately, I spent most of my Saturday down with the cows. Normally it would be a quick trip down, count them, check the health of the calves, and head back to the house. But as I made my way down, I saw #25 across the river giving birth to her calf right along the riverbank. So, I found a comfy spot by a Cottonwood tree and snapped some shots of them.

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I had to stay with them to make sure the calf didn’t tumble into the river. These little guys could drown in a mud puddle. I wasn’t going to go to them right away because they needed time to bond. The calf needed to get on his feet and suckle.

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It did and I kept my distance. I always enjoy the opportunity to watch these tender moments.

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The spot that I found had a good view of a second cow who I knew was calving.

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#13 stimulated her calf to his feet and they bonded as well.

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Slimy calf with milk on his lips. That’s what we like to see!

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After a couple of hours or so of monitoring these 2 sets, Patrick and I brought #25 and her calf across the river safely to join the rest of the herd.

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  1. pony said, on April 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I miss those moments, thanks for sharing yours!


  2. ranu802 said, on April 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    How many do you have?


  3. robertkarolakstudio said, on April 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Talk about a “Kodak Moment” Awesome… Glad you were there Leah… too precious!


  4. Nelson said, on April 7, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Wow that is so cool


  5. deannagreensandgardenart said, on April 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    What a special moment to witness this birth and their bonding!


  6. ClareSnow said, on April 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    this is so beautiful


  7. Laurie said, on April 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    This is so cool Leah. Remember these moments in the tough times so that it evens out a bit. What a touching moment to witness. Thanks for sharing!


  8. revellingsjoy said, on April 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Crystal Harrison.


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