There are so many mysteries that happen on the farm, I hardly ever post them. I like to keep things positive, you kinda have to. But about a month ago, our big Angus was due with her first calf. I noticed Annie Mae was missing one evening during feed time, and I didn't pay it much attention, sometimes they just prefer to stay out in the pasture. The next morning I saw her after-birth, but no calf. I hoped that she hid her baby somewhere after no luck looking for it. This went on a few days, me checking to see if she had been nursed, and scanning the pastures for a baby. I started to wonder if she had one at all? A cow doesn't deliver after birth.. unless there's been a birth. I began to give up and figured maybe it was stillborn. However I watched for vultures and never saw any, nor have I found a body. At this point I've accepted the loss of that calf, but the failures you don't learn from are the worst kind. I wish I could have known what happened so as to prevent it next time. Anyway, this little guy pictured was born today, so here's to the good days. The easy days, where a perfect little calf was born during the night with no help from me. This job is tough, and not just physically. The good days make it worth it.
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