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Cows and Calves

May 4, 2010

Top of the morning, dear reader. Well the beef raising neighbors returned from their trip, and so they are taking care of their cattle without my help.  One thing I really liked about being around the cattle was watching the calves and cows. Calves are rambunctious, just like children, and if you startle them they spring into action. Then they run for their momma.

"We're watching you"

The cows are on a diet of dried hay. Their job is to produce milk, and lots of it for their calf.  Or calves in one case where twins were born.  The calves have started to eat a little bit of hay, but mostly they drink milk. Liebfraumilch-fresh mother’s milk.

Brown calf nursing

This can be a rather rough experience. The calf will occasionally head butt the cow’s milk sack, and I saw the cow occasionally respond by kicking her hind foot. YIKES- that looked dangerous.

Feeding Time

"What are you lookin at?"

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pete permalink
    May 5, 2010 9:56 pm

    Uncle Milton,

    I just wanted to drop you a line and say thanks for creating this blog. I found you through Gary North’s site and have since enjoyed reading all the articles to date. This blog provides a glimpse of a world both very foreign and very intriguing to me (a suburban-dwelling computer software engineer). The photos are a particularly nice addition.

    Please keep up the good work (both in the field and online)!

    • Milton permalink*
      May 6, 2010 10:10 am

      Well Thank You, Pete for the nice comments! I hope that you will come back often, as we explore the process of producing the foods that ultimately end up in grocery stores all over the world.

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