Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Why only bull calves?

A reader left a comment in which she wondered why Bonnie only has boys.  Well, it's just like with humans:  Each time a female is impregnated, there is a 50/50 chance the baby will be a boy.  This has nothing to do with what sex their previous babies were, it's just the luck of the draw and the chance is the same every time... 50/50.
What Cliff and I can't figure out is why a Jersey cow, one of the smallest breeds of cattle, has such huge babies every single time.  The last two times we would probably blame it on the breed of the bull she was mated with, but her first calf was pure, 100% Jersey.  And he was huge, even though he was out of a first-calf heifer.  A heifer's first calf is usually somewhat smaller than average.  
Oh well, I guess it's OK as long as Bonnie lives to tell about it.  


By the way, Max found where lunch is served.  Don't worry about Bonnie's distressed appearance; she still hasn't gotten rid of the afterbirth, which is why her back is arched like that.



8 comments:

madcobug said...

He has a pretty head. I hope they both will be ok. Helen

TARYTERRE said...

HELLO Max. He's a cute fella. Love the name. How did you come up with it?

Forty Pound Sack said...

Welcome, Max! Can't wait to read about your adventures ~

Donna said...

Max's dad was named Max. It was the easy way out for a name. I'm never too concerned with what I name boy calves, since they're only on the place for ten months or so.

Vicki said...

Congratulations, he's so cute and looks a bit like Clyde. This may seem like a stupid question but how many babies will Bonnie be able to have safely. Vicki

Adirondackcountrygal said...

He is a cutie, glad he isn't named after a meat product! :)

Michaele said...

Congratulations Donna! He is big and beautiful - just like her udder!

small farm girl said...

I have heard that if a cow is given a lot of food while she is pregnent, her calf will be big. I've actually heard of people not feeding a cow very much the first time so that she won't have a big calf. I'm not sure if all of that is true, but it's worth a shot to see. :)