My father is the son of a dairy farmer. He grew up on a small dairy farm so he has always been around livestock. While he has always had some livestock around, he moved away from cows about 4 or 5 years ago when feed prices rose. He has not bred his own cows as an adult though. About two years ago, he purchased two young Charlet cows (sisters); he intended to breed them and then use the calves as meat cows. Fast forward. Both cows were pregnant (we call them 5 and 9) and the first had her calf yesterday afternoon.
Here she is. My father went up to check on them and saw that 5 had given birth. The calf is laying down while 5 is cleaning her up.
Momma is helping her up.
The calf starts looking for milk. she was sucking on knees, udders, her Momma's face. After 5 minutes or so....score!
We named her Anna, after my grandmother. If the next calf is female, she will be Pearl. I suppose it isn't the best idea to name a calf you will eventually eat after your grandmother, but she was too pretty not to name!
I will update again soon with some hexie news!