Elaine Loring

A calf was born on the morning of May 25 and I noticed it laying by itself in the field, no mother in sight. It appeared to have a large light colored stripe on its back so we went out to check and apparently the mother cow had started to clean it up, then simply walked away. The stripe on the back was a piece of dried afterbirth. We cleaned it off and discovered she was a little red heifer with some white on her belly. She seemed to be perfectly fine, but her mama apparently didn’t think so.

We tried to get her to nurse, but the mama kicked her away and wanted nothing to do with her. We even penned them up together, but that wasn’t going to work either, and the baby was totally rejected. So she became my bottle calf - the second of the season, the first being a little bull calf named Baby Calf, born on March 22. His mama didn’t produce milk very well at first so he got the bottle, then his mom’s milk came in, but he still liked the bottle. His fat little belly shows it.

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