Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Did you know that mama cows try to hide their babies???
We've got 24 calves on the ground so far...hidden all over by their mamas.
Yep this is spring calving time. Spring??? this always gets me...
BF locates all of them almost on a daily basis. I don't think this is any kind of a farmer rule, but he does it anyway. I think he just likes to do it. This lil gal was easy to spot. Sometimes they're hidden so well that just a flicker of their ears is the only giveaway of their hiding spot.
This is a cow maternity ward. BF likes to bring the most expectant mothers into the barn.  A little warmth, no wind and fresh bedding. He claims this his for him...makes it easier for him to keep an eye on them or "help" if need be. I think he's just a softie...
After they calve, they go outside...a day or so 
Then he brings in the next most expectant...
ommmmm

22 comments:

Jane said...

Awww :) Your BF sounds like a great guy. Those moomas hiding their calves like kittens is fascinating.

Manzanita said...

That's a lot of mama cow. Are they Black Angus? I had an old rancher BF who raised B. Angus but he just bought the calves at auction, let them graze all summer and sold them in the fall. It must be more profitable the way your BF does it.
Smart mamas. Isn't instinct amazing?

turquoisemoon said...

Jane, I never realized that cows did this. Never saw the real little ones in fields. Now I know that they're just in hiding. Nature is fascinating...amazing!

Manzanita, No, he raises mostly Gelbvieh cattle. He does have a couple of Black Angus bulls, along with the Gelbvieh bulls...not together tho...hahaha! He thinks that the Gelbvieh mamas are the best!

Out on the prairie said...

Keeping the smell down keeps them safer from predators

Steve Finnell said...

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turquoisemoon said...

Steve, Isn't nature incredible!!! Ooh that protective instinct...

Steve Finnell, Thank you for the invite, but no thank you. I am a Buddhist...

TravelBug-Susan said...

Nice to learn something new. I had no idea momma cows hid their calves. Good instincts on their part.

When your BF checks the calves daily, he may be making sure no predators got to them overnight...just a thought.

turquoisemoon said...

Susan, There's really a lot of reasons. Predators, for sure, is one of them. Illness, stuck someplace, not eating... just messin around on his 4 wheeler...hahaha

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sheep lamb early in the year too and make life difficult for their keepers as well.

turquoisemoon said...

Debra...Do you remember when I had all those lambs in my bathroom? on my deck??? He doesn't have any more sheep...thank goodness!!!

Arkansas Patti said...

Really like the maternity ward. I have always felt so sorry for new borns that leave a nice warm womb to drop onto a frozen ground. I guess life can only get better after that.
At least his have a nice hay bed to land in. Good management and thoughtful.

turquoisemoon said...

Patti, I thought so too! I guess if you had a real large herd it wouldn't be practical, but it works for him.

Linda Starr said...

My Gary's father lived in New Hampshire and they had a dairy farm and one of those barns connected to the house, they said in winter the barn was warmer than the house. I guess the cows gave off a lot of heat. I believe the cows stayed in the barn a good part of the coldest part of winter, good for your BF for caring for the cows so well.

turquoisemoon said...

Linda, Agree!!! BF and I are so different in so many ways, but he is so kind and thoughtful...I forgive him for all his far right wing ways! hahaha...just joking! We've been together for many years and never have I seen him be cruel to any of his animals. He is always very concerned with their welfare. I too admire that...

Introverted Art said...

I didn't know mama cows hid their calves. My grandpa had a farm with cows and other live stock but this is too cute they do that.

turquoisemoon said...

Ana, It is cute...and survival!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

You mention Spring. Yep, it is here --even though there is ice covering our ground. Yesterday on my walk I counted a gang of robins, about 30, hopping through some grass apparently looking for what? What do they eat when it is this cold? I even yelled at them, go home, it is only Jan. Hmm if robins are a sign of Spring then our climate is really in trouble. -- barbara

turquoisemoon said...

Barbara...Our climate is in trouble. Locally, I've seen some things that really scare me...

Introverted Art said...

We walk the babies 4 times a day during the week and a few extra times during the weekend. And yep, we have to go all the way down. They even know how to take the elevator ;-)

turquoisemoon said...

Thanks Ana, I can't imagine 21 floors. Your place looks wonderful and that view...beautiful. I can just imagine watching storms come in.

Li said...

I didn't know they hide their young. love the first pic - you wouldn't think that such a large animal could be so easily hidden!

turquoisemoon said...

Li, First of all welcome!!! Yes! I've seen this before with elk and deer,rabbits, etc. but those are wild animals. I too was surprised to learn that cows also do this.