Yesterday we made a trip to Holden and brought home two calves: Hope, a mostly (or I think all) Jersey heifer; and Henry, a Jersey/Holstein calf. After the huge Holsteins we bought over four months ago, these guys seem really small. I didn't know how Grace would take to two new calves, but I needn't have worried. Last night and this morning I put her in the barn and let her eat with her head in the stanchion while the calves nursed, so if she took offense at the little strangers getting so familiar with her and tried to hurt them, I would be able to intervene. Tonight I actually turned her in the little lot behind the barn where she always nursed the other calves. She kicked at each calf once or twice, but not too hard at all. In fact, they didn't even stop sucking when she kicked at them.
Grace gives quite a bit of milk for two little squirts like these, but so far they don't have any digestive problems.
As you can see, we're getting a little snow. I wish, if we're going to get snow every weekend, we would at least get five or six inches just once.
Yes, I believe Grace will get acquainted and bond with new babies just fine.
Of course, the big kids aren't real happy about getting weaned.