A cow had twins at GriggsDakota. One of the calves has come to live in the barn. He is a bottle calf because the mama cow forgot she had two and was only feeding one. Cows are forgetful like moms. Thankfully I have never forgotten to feed my babies. Uncle Jim and Logan hauled the calf to the barn during a rain shower. Literally, the calf was held by Logan in his lap in Jim’s pick up. Life lessons are daily on the farm. Animal care is at the forefront.
Last year, our farm girls spent any visit with Uncle Jim feeding two bottle calves from spring through the summer. I took them into the calving barn last year for them to experience new life first hand. It was a bit scary but this year it has paid off and their fears have been overcome…
with care and ease around this year’s bottle calf, “Joey”. Miss A held the bottle under Uncle Jim’s guidance. Both girls went to feed hay in the tractor. It was a busy morning of calving with four new bull (boy) calves and one heifer (girl) calf by lunch. Miss E checked the cow again during Miss A’s nap time.
By the time Miss A was up from her nap it was time to feed Joey the calf for his second feeding of the day. My grandpa taught Uncle Jim about cows. Uncle Jim taught me about cows, taught our teenager about cows and now he teaches our girls about cows, first hand and up front.
It’s generations on a family farm that often you don’t see behind the crops and animals.
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Aw, poor calf 🙁 I’m glad that you are feeding it and taking good care of it!
very sweet. hope the little one makes it with all that help. 🙂
Elizabeth Martin says
Aww I love bottle calves! What a great post!
So stinking sweet. Such fun photo ops on the farm when mama cow forgets to feed baby. lol. Thanks so much for linking up to WW! I hope you are doing well.
Some of my fondest memories are getting to go out to do “chores” with my Grandad and my Uncle. Thank you and that second to the last photo is priceless! There is a Country Woman magazine shot there I think!
I did not know they would forget their calves.
It is great that you have generations on the farm to teach.
Good luck with the calf!
I remember feeding calfs as kid during our summers on a farm. Fun!
Love this! Great pictures too! Thanks so much for stopping by Eat 2gather.