I turned Jody out with Bonnie and Max yesterday for the whole day. My only concern was that she might nurse Bonnie, although at this point that wouldn't hurt my feelings much! Oh yes, it would worry me, because she's old enough that she might take it all and Max wouldn't get his share. This morning I actually saw her reach for a teat, and Bonnie kicked her hard. Some calves learn a trick that fools the cow, though: They learn to wait until the cow's own baby is nursing, then sneak up and nurse from the back. We used to live next door to a fully-grown bull who did this all the time, nursing cows that were two-thirds his size.
Max is deliriously happy to have another youngster around; this is how he greets Jody when they first get together, and it happens several more times during the day.
"That's just like a woman," says Cliff.
elastrator to stretch the rubber band and put it above the testicles; eventually the whole package dries up and falls off harmlessly.
Oh, guess who's back?
I probably should put another disclaimer here about the milk: I know veteranarians don't like cats to have milk. But I have lots of milk and these cats were starving until I started feeding them. They are barn cats, and when I have milk, they are getting it. I have cat food in case a day ever comes when I don't have to milk the cow. (Dear God, let that day come!)