I like the red calves better than the black ones. About 99% of the cattle on our farm are black and white holstein cows. A few years ago Justin bought a few red and white holstein cows just to add some color. I love a good pop of color!
After a baby calf is born they live in a hutch like this for awhile.
This is a girl baby calf. I can tell because she has a white tag in her ear. White tags on our farm indicate “non-registered, female” baby calves. Isn’t she cute?
These baby calves were born only a few hours before this picture was taken. Some animals are born seasonally. On the dairy, baby calves are born all year long. We even had 12 baby calves born the other day! Of course it was on Sunday. We try to do as little as possible on Sundays. But…we can’t control when cows go into labor. And when they do we have to take care of them, no matter what day it is.
You have to admit this little black and white calf is pretty cute too! I’m sure she is anxiously awaiting her bottle of milk. She will be fed a 2 quart bottle of milk twice today!
My boys were supposed to be picking up trash around the farm. It was a race to see who could pick up the most amount of trash the fastest. Which shouldn’t be too hard considering how messy the place can get. I was on a team with my baby, of course he won. I was the judge! The winner go to light the fire for the wiener roast that day! You wouldn’t believe how motivating one little match can be!
Anyway, my boys decided to take a break from the garbage duty and ride this calf. As you can tell, the boys had the advantage considering the calf was stuck in his hutch!
I guess you can always raise one hand in the air, hold on to the chute and pretend you are out in the wild with a bucking bull!