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September 6, 2011

WW: Mamas and brand new baby beef

With the entrance of September comes many things; back to school, autumn weather, harvesting and for us, newborn baby beef calves.  Mid September is about the time when our mama beef cows begin to have their babies. 

We took a drive out the other day to check up on how progress was coming along.

All of our beef cows have been moved down the hill to the flat area to have their babies.  We have only spotted a few babies thus far. 

Here's one.  She was so very curious of the big camera pointed in her direction.

And if you look close, you can see this mama decided to stick her tongue out at the camera.

After the mamas calve, they'll breed with the bulls from October - April (who have been patiently waiting for the return of their mamas), graze, nurse their new born calves, and wait to be moved again in April.

Driving out to check the beef cows and newborn calves is one of my favorite things to do on the ranch, stay tuned for more photos.

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farmer said...

Great pictures! Cute cows!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Glad this little one arrived safely!! I'll look forward to your pictures!!

TexWisGirl said...

i've noticed a few new calves in our area too this past week. SO cute! :)

Suz and Allan said...

Love this post! Makes me miss riding the pastures checking for baby calves. We are doing 5 days of giveaways on our blog this week if you want to stop by!

Dawn said...

I guess we are backwards here....always calving in the spring. BUT then again...our winters our absolutely dreadful and I guess wouldn't be too very kind on babies.
Love your photos. So sweet:D

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely post Nancy. Your ranch is so different from our farm ; we are totally enclosed whereas you seem to be wide open and ranging far. Good luck with the calves. Do they always calve on their own? If so do you always lose some? We tend to calve near to the farm so that we can keep an eye on them. But I suspect you have too many to treat like that.

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

@Weaver, the beef cows calve on their own and we've never had a problem. The dairy cows calve in the birthing barn and Dominic assists them when needed. Thanks for the visit!

The Sisters' Hood said...

My kids love looking through your pictures, my youngest of course, wants to know how you name all of the babies and how you tell them all apart ;)

Teresa said...

They are so adorable! I love calves. My Maxine is supposed to be bred to have a baby next spring/summer.