This morning was the day to move the two cow/calf pairs out of the maternity pen and up in the yard with the rest of the new mothers. First job is to drive the ladies in waiting out into the dirt yard, and did they line up and go single file through the gate?
N-O-O-O-O, they have crowd through like they are fighting for front seats at a concert. Luckily we had our herding cat, Morris to help keep the peace.
With the rest of the herd out on the dirt, it was time to roust the mothers and babies out of their private quarters. #27 ran out the gate as soon as I had it open, forgetting she was leaving someone behind. Luckily #28 was watching out for both babies.
#27 soon returned and fussed through the fence...
|"I'm so sorry, I didn't realize you were still sleeping!!"|
The rest of the way up the alley, she kept stopping to reassure herself that baby was right behind.
The rest of the calves were taking their morning naps.
This cow is babysitting 4 calves while their mothers are out shopping and having latte's at the local coffee shop.
This is a future heifer who stands at the gate and demands to be let in with the other cows. She is so ready to be a mother but she has to wait until next year.
This cow was wondering why I was pointing that funny black thing at the cows, I explained that I was recording things for posterity but she didn't seem to care.
This is what came to mind while we were (trying) to drive the calves.
While back at home, our herding dog, Murphy and her good buddy Bruiser, were lounging by the pond.
A fat lot of help you are.