January 25, 2010

Calving Season

Our neighbor raises Black Angus cattle and today we went over to meet the first calves of 2010.
Since snow is on the ground and daytime highs are below freezing, the new little ones wear blankets for the first 2 weeks and, along with their mothers, are kept separated from the other cattle until they're strong enough to rejoin the herd.
Mama allows her one day old baby to be handled, but her concern shows.  After a brief separation, she smells the little one to make sure it's really her calf.
Isn't this a pretty little girl?  At 24 hours after birth, she weighs about 100 pounds, and will weigh over 1000 pounds as an adult cow.  A mature bull will weigh over 2000 pounds. 

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28 comments:

  1. Holy Cow---that's alot of BULL... When I see that little one, I don't want to admit how much I love to eat Angus beef...ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Oh, I do love your world today, Janie! How adorable the little one is! Look at that face! How fun to be able to see her while she is still so little! Thanks for the fun visit!

    Sylvia

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  3. Thanks Janie, this is a lovely post of a beautiful "little" girl. (((Hugs))) Jo

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  4. These are wonderful pictures of the new calf. I didn't realize the newborns were provided with a blanket to wear, but with temperatures that low its probably a great idea.

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  5. She is a pretty little girl..seeing them like that just pushes me closer to go vegetarian. They are sweet!

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  6. she is so sweet! it's hard to believe an animal can weigh over 100 pounds in just 24 hours. Nature always amazes me.

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  7. She is a very pretty little one. Ranching is hard work when you take good care of your animals and it seems your neighbor does.

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  8. Love the "baby," Janie. Hard to believe that she's already 100 lbs - how would you like to have a newborn that size? (Well, maybe for a 1,000Lb Mama!)

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  9. Baby animals are so endearing, even more so when they wear a blanket!! I suppose if we didn't eat them they would become zoo exhibits.

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  10. how sweet! I love little calves, especially when they suck your fingers.

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  11. Baby animals are such fun to watch! Amazing that it began life at 100 pounds!

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  12. That is one cute little beefburger. ;) I remember visiting a farm shop as a child, I wandered off to have a look at the calves in the byre, and had a nasty incident when they started eating my dress (which I managed to wrest away from them, slobbered on but whole.)

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  13. his little jacket is just too cute!

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  14. Jan, she is a cutie. And she looks so nice in her blanket. Loved you photos.

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  15. That is a pretty little calf. Nice jacket also.

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  16. Beautiful snaps of the occasion. I have never seen them covered with blankets before.

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  17. Awwwwhhhhhhhhh! Who knew calves could be so cute?

    100 pounds 24 hours after birth? That's equally amazing.

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  18. Very pretty! And she even has a little jacket to keep her warm...

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  19. Oh...how precious is that! And, the little jacket is so cute. Beautiful! Amazing birth weight...OMG!

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  20. Very nice photos...and lovely jacket ...

    Kisses,

    Irina

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photos from your world this week ... so special to see the newborn calf. Love the blankets they wear. It sure looks cold ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  22. Nice post! I used to love calving season when I was younger.

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