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.