The Last Cow Count—Sunday, March 5, 2017

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There are over half now, of little babies on the ground.  At least 50 (fifty) visible calves on Friday, more on Saturday—around 60 on last count.

calves-and-cowsSo many it’s hard to keep tabs on who has been counted and who hasn’t!

playingOur fields, hills, dales, and farm roads are full of cavorting new little ones.

the-herd-grows-2It is now time for the herd to gather up and move down the hill from us.   Farming starts tomorrow!  Mr. Davis and his daughters and his wife will all arrive on horses and a horse trailer.  The trailer is for the brand new little ones who can’t walk far.

Momma cows are very smart and will know exactly where their baby is.  Once everyone arrives at the next pasture the momma cows will immediately find their calf and trot off with it.  (One way is the Mom keep mooing and hollering the whole time, so the little one knows her voice and where to find her.  The calf also answers, so the Mom is well aware of where her child is.)

Although, they won’t go very far, not even half-a-mile— brand new little ones must have time to develop strength in their legs to walk for great distances.

Calf season is quickly drawing to a close.  What joy they bring me to brighten the long days of late winter.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

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23 thoughts on “The Last Cow Count—Sunday, March 5, 2017

  1. Love that little blue fellow! I am so excited for the start to your farming season. It is weeks, if not months away here. Who would imagine that NY would be so much later than your mountain state, but we are.

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  2. Good morning Linda,
    I love the pix. I feel sorry for people who ‘have’ to live in the city. They miss out on the wonder of watching calves play, cows & calves calling each other, & how the cows know to hide their newborns from predators. Three weeks of joy for you. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. Hugs, Sandy

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  3. Whether it’s clouds or mountains on the horizon, your home sits in some beautiful country, Linda. With calves serving as precursors to Spring, it’s about as idyllic as possible. And then, of course, there’s Boomer …

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