It is calving time! Kasey keeps his mamma cows in different lots around the farm, but when it is time for the babies to arrive they get moved into the “maternity ward” a special lot he has set up with individual pens in the shed for the moms and babies to be in for a few days after they calve. This is my view from my front window as Kasey and his dad are moving some of the cows that are getting close up the road from one lot to another.
Most of the cows have made this trip several times before so they know where to go. They trot up the road and right into the gate. And yes, that is Kaseys Dad driving up the road standing up with the door open. It’s a special skill. Some cowboys use horses, we use four wheelers and pickups.
This was the third cow to calve and she had twins! It doesn’t happen very often. She had a boy and a girl, or in cow talk, a bull and a heifer.
This little one is just a couple of days old, obviously his mother has not taught him how to use a kleenex.
I love red calves, and yes he is as soft as he looks.
These little guys are standing up to the bunks, just like their mammas, even though they are just a few days old.
When they are about a week old Kasey lets them out in the pasture. They spend the whole day running and playing, in many ways they act just like toddlers.
Colt got a hold of this little heifer when Kasey was loading her and her mother in the trailer to move to the other lot. She calved a little early, and had not been moved to the maternity ward yet, but the weather was nice and the calf was healthy. She is less than 24 hours old.
We have had about 15 calves so far and about 90 more to go! Good weather makes for an easier calving season, so lets hope this weather holds up. Next thing you know we are going to be in the fields!!