Surprise! Surprise! #8 Is A Heifer Calf!

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you all doing very well. This afternoon I decided to move the hay from the south hay field. The cows and calves were in the other hay field so I could shut the gate and keep them in. I counted the cow and calves to make sure they were all there and there was a cow missing. On my way to shut the gate, I had noticed several buzzards on the other side of the pasture in the corner by the walnut trees. At first, since one of the cows was missing, I thought maybe the old cow died. That would be weird because she was fine yesterday. So, I walked farther back in the hay field thinking maybe the cow was in the back. But, no, she wasn’t there. I came out of the hayfield where the cows were and looked toward where the buzzards were. Ahhh, she was standing in the corner… Hmmm… Even though I was quite a distance from her, I said, “What are you doing over there in the corner?” (Someday I expect one of the neighbors to answer…) She mooed and looked on the ground to her right. There must have been 10-12 buzzards right in front of her.

Well, I wasn’t sure what was going on at the time because all but two of the cows had calves. The heifer had lost her calf and the other one didn’t appear to have been bred. The last calf was born May 19. So, I went to the barn to get the tractor since I was going in that direction to start moving hay.

Once I got up close to where she was, the buzzards flew off  (there were a lot more in the trees) and she started looking on the ground on her right… Umm… There was a pile of something black next to her. HOLY CRAP! She had a calf!!! I went up to see it and it was sleeping. So, I got back on the tractor and went to the house to get the camera.

 

By the time I returned, the calf was standing up and walking around a little.

 

By the time I walked up to them, the calf was tuckered out again and laid down.

 

Baby calves have a lot to learn and usually aren’t scared of anything. They are more curious than anything. She didn’t run as I leaned over to introduce myself. She smelled of my hand then I gave her a few scratches behind her ears. She thought if all she ever got was a few scratches behind her ears, it was worth being born… 🙂

Well, I kind of elaborated a little in the beginning of this story… When I saw the cow standing in the corner by herself I pretty much knew she had a calf even though it was unexpected. When your cows all look pretty much alike, it gets somewhat confusing which cow had who… There are a few I can recognize because of this feature or that, or their personality. I can tell the older cows from the younger ones, but there are 3-4 that are very hard to tell apart even though there are only 9 cows.

 

After I took a few photos, I went into the south hayfield. There were several buzzards waiting on the bales of hay and on top of the poles along the field. One sat on top of a pole long enough to get a good photo.

Sunday afternoon I decided to take a few photos of the plants and flower beds. I hadn’t done a complete photo shoot for a while. Then, when I was labeling them, I realized there were some plants I had missed. So, I took more this morning. In all, I took close to 200 photos… Once I delete the duplicates (since I usually take more than one of each plant), I should still have around 130. So, the next post may be pretty long unless I do part 1 and 2.

So, until next time, take care, stay well, be positive! GET DIRTY!!!

13 comments on “Surprise! Surprise! #8 Is A Heifer Calf!

  1. Vicki says:

    When you mentioned Buzzard, I was thinking the birds may have been for a dead calf/cow. Just goes to show I’m still a city slicker (despite many holidays on a farm in my childhood) 🙂

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    • Hello Vicki! Well, you know, that’s what buzzards do so you are partly right. After a cow has a calf the placenta comes out and that’s what the buzzards were there for. A few of the past new calf posts have shown the placenta and the cow and calf right after the event. Thanks for the comment as always.

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  2. Pixydeb says:

    Hi Rooster What a lovely surprise! The new calf pictures always bring extra brightness to my day.
    Why is this one so much later than all the others do you think? Just think you are dad to all those baby cows now – that’s a lot of ears to scratch each day!
    The buzzards are interesting- good to see more of them if there is ever time…

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    • Hello Pixiedeb! Usually, a cow gets bred during her first cycle. If not, they have another cycle. I don’t remember how many cycles a cow can have. We keep the bull for several months just for that reason. Thanks for the comment as always!

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  3. What a fabulous surprise.. and you can see that the Mother Cow is looking pretty pleased with herself. So happy she and the calf are doing well.. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Jim R says:

    Congrats again! Is that all now? While in a Portland park, the Audubon Society had a few birds out to show people. One was a Great Horned Owl, another was a Kestral, and the third was a Vulture. I must say the Vulture is kind of ugly. But, they are efficient at what they do. God bless em.

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    • Hello Jim! I don’t know much about the Kestral, but the Great Horned Owl and vultures are amazing birds for sure. It’s pretty incredible how the buzzards can be so high in the air and spot something on the ground. They are very graceful to be so large. It was also interesting how many there were in the trees waiting to come down. I never saw so many before. The mother cow was keeping an eye on them. Thanks for the comment as always!

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  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Congrats on your latest calf.

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  6. Littlesundog says:

    I love the vultures… they are my totem, “Glide and Soar” is the message for me. Calves and their mamas are sure fun to observe. What a happy post this is!

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    • Hello Littlesundog! The vultures are strange looking critters but are interesting to watch. It is interesting how they congregate when there is food. How do they all know to come? It is nothing to look up in the sky and see two or three fairly close together, but there were a lot of them in the trees. Where did they come from? 🙂 Birth is a remarkable thing to observe and the mother cows are truly proud of their calves. They really keep a close eye on their babies. Thanks for the comment as always.

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