One of our 2 year old heifers gave birth last week to a healthy 71 lb bull calf. The vigorous little calf came into the world on a rainy morning, amongst the trees with the other cattle in his herd looking on with interest.
He came out and immediately began trying to stand up and get to nursing. His mother, a 1st calf heifer, took to motherhood naturally and immediately. They needed a little alone time together as a pair to build up the new mom's confidence but her robust spry little calf made her job much easier.
Watching calves buck and play at dawn and dusk is the greatest joy of raising beef cattle. He'll be the new kid on the block for a bit. Our next calves are due to arrive in the fall.