Saturday, February 28, 2015

new calves

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.

There's one of her gentle kicks.  Didn't even faze Henry.


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.

 

7 comments:

Sister--Three said...

I like the little heifer.

TARYTERRE said...

Grace is a real trooper. The new calves look like a handful. ENJOY!

Jean said...

They are so cute. it looks so pretty with all that white snow.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Grace is such a good mother. Those little calves are adorable.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Precious!

Margaret said...

A little snow would have been great--but I think it's too late for us now! Enjoy the calves!! They grow fast, right?

Jon said...

Everything does look nice in the snow. Sweet photos and video.