Calving season has begun! New babies are everywhere all of a sudden. 99% of them are born out in the field with no problems, but every once in awhile, we need to help out for some reason. When we do help out, it means that we need to walk the cow and her new, slimy, slippery, smelly and cold baby in to the barnyard nearly a mile away.
Carrying the calf is difficult enough, but the mama wants to be with her baby, and if you put it in the front of the pickup truck with you, she can't see it. If you put it on the back of the truck, you can't see the calf to make sure it doesn't fall off! This little calf carrier solves both of those problems! The calf can ride in comfort, and you can see him to make sure he is safe, and mama can see him and follow you right to the barn.
There are new moms who would like to do that, but once the mothering hormones kick in, we all fall in love with that slimy little baby. She didn't give her calf enough time for her to fall in love with it. So we had to gather them both up and walk them in to the barnyard. We penned them together in a small pen where she couldn't get away from her calf and she finally realized that this was her baby and began calling to him and licking him clean. Eventually, she realized she loves him and let him nurse.
Mother Nature is pretty amazing and very rarely do we have to help out.