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A Little Black Heifer

On Wednesday I went out and did all the winter chores. The chores usually get done right as the sun is going down. This includes, watering two groups of cows, two hogs, and 3 horses, feeding horses and chickens, and throwing some treats (horse hay) to some of the cows. The hogs are eating out of a big feeder and still getting all the pecans they can eat so I don’t have to worry about feeding them and the chickens drink from wherever they want, as they are free ranging now (more on that later).  So, with the chores finished, I was kneeling down and watching the two bulls and two of the Dexter cows from Tennessee. I was especially watching Black Lady because she was expected to calf soon and I had been monitoring her udder that was bagging up.

After looking at her a few times, noticing that her tailhead was becoming more pronounced and that she had a little discharge, I had to take another look at her teats…  The hair around them looked like someone had sculpted them with hair gel and they were not wet, but looked awfuly clean! My first thought was that the new weanling Belted Galloway bull claf may have nursed from her. That quickly was disputed by the fact that she’s not too fond of him. Then I got the bright idea of searching around for a calf, just in case. Remember, it’s very dark by this point so I started at the water trough and walked the fence line in their enclosure. With every big, dark, shadowy pile of manure, I thought I might be walking up on a calf but finally one of these tiny dark piles moved on one end and lifted up it’s HEAD!

I quickly forgot how cold my hands were and got down on the ground to check her over. Using the light from my cell phone I discovered that she was a heifer and after only a few seconds I herd mama come running. Black Lady is a 7 year old cow so she knows how to take care of her babies. I actually started running too because Black Lady has some impressivly sharp horns. She chose a great time her have her calf because it was pretty mild and dry this week. It’s now back in the 20’s at night but at least the calf is dry now. The next morning I went back to check on her and got these pictures. We’re pretty excited about her because she’s only the second heifer to be born on the farm. It’s great to show up to the farm and find a healthy, active calf that needed no human help being born. I sure hope this continues for years to come.

Feel free to leave name suggestions in the comment section. She was bred at Lonesome Valley Ranch so her name will be Lonesome Valley _something_ or maybe LV _something_.

Black LadyWalking Away

2 comments to A Little Black Heifer

  • Congrats on the heifer calf -she is a beauty!

    How about Twilight for a name, since you discovered her birth about then.

  • Thanks, I’ll have to take some new pictures. She’s alot more strong and stands real straight now that she’s a few days old. Right now we’re leaning towards Lonesome (Valley) Dove for her name but we’re still deciding.

    It’s really great to see her running around, happy and healthy. Hopefully we’ll be getting some beef steers out of her in a couple of years.