Spring on the ranch means calving season, one of my favorite times of year, though also stressful. This year we were expecting 20 calves; 19 from our experienced cows and 1 first-time heifer. Lowlines are known for their calving ease, but you just never know when you might have a problem. I am happy to report that all 20 calves have been safely delivered and mamas and babies are doing very well. This year we had several cows that calved in the late afternoon / early evening while we were there with them. It is always something special to watch them come into the world no matter how many times you have seen it.
Here are some of this year’s calf crop enjoying the sunshine on the hill. We color code the eartags to the bull they are from. All these blue eartags are out of our bull Ox with the cow’s name listed above the calf number.
I am always amazed at how quickly the calves go from newborn wet on the ground to learning how to stand and nurse. Usually within the first 10 minutes or so. Then, within a couple more days they are running and playing chase through the pasture.
We are really pleased with the calves this year, great looking, sturdy built. And we ended up with 10 bulls – now steers – and 10 heifers. An even split. 100% breeding and calving success, you can’t ask for better.
And now back to the other spring chores as we get the pastures ready to put the herd back on grass for the summer.