The conversation went something like this:
I don't have time to mow the lawn.
I know, me either.
How about a bottle calf?
Seems like the only solution.
Ah, bottle calves... We have not had one around for a few years. We have learned much from taking calves from ranches we know, but are simply too busy to handle their needs. Raising a premature bottle calf really put us in tune with what goes on in a calf's first few months. These unwanted calves have helped us immensely with the ones being raised by their momma. We have learned the signs of them feeling a bit under the weather and can head off anything too serious before it needs antibiotics.
With ranch work coming at a break neck pace around here, the lawn is barely being mowed every week. This month old heifer calf is doing her best to help us with that. Plus, she keeps the elderly ranch dog company. Her name is Penny and she has a great personality. She is already halter broke, comes when called and chases anything which enters the yard; especially the cat. In no time she will have our grass under control and I can move her to the orchard. I have to admit it is nice getting lovins from a calf again. It never gets old.
On other news, check back often for updated pictures of our 2018 calf crop! Embryos have really made a positive impact on our herd. We are can hardly wait for them to pass across the scale as weaned calves in a few weeks.
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