The weather is pretty nice, the lighting mostly diffuse and we have a great old barn that I thought would make a good backdrop for a few shots. So the boys and I headed over after lunch and snapped a few pictures.
So as Eric and I urge the heifer to follow her calf, Tyler grabs a hold of the calf and drags him into the barn where we lock them up together. As soon as the mama sees the calf, she investigates and sniffs him closely; then she begins licking him vigorously! She has it figured out. So we keep them penned up together until the baby gets a drink of colostrum and they both are well bonded.
We are expecting quite a few calves this week. Our first due date is next Saturday, but cattle bred for low birth weight calves usually come early. So we expect to have about 50 calves by next Saturday! I'll keep you posted to see if my estimate is right!