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    We're a Canadian family of five, farming and home schooling. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 17/Grade 12, 15/Grade 10, and 13/Grade 9.

    Contact me at becky.farmschool@gmail.com

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Our newest little April fool

Laura’s 4H heifer finally had her calf the other day. We arrived at Bunny’s pen to find her in labor. If you look carefully, you can see the calf’s front hooves poised to make an exit.

Laura the midwife with her beloved Bunny.

Here’s one of the first glimpses of Giacomo Benny (Benny for short), a little bull, still wet behind the ears and everywhere else.

Mother and calf doing very well — Bunny is an exceedingly diligent and attentive mother — and Laura is mightily pleased.

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6 Responses

  1. You should have penguins on your farm. ;-)

  2. Too hard to find a steady supply of fish on the land-locked prairies.

  3. Congratulations Laura- what a beautiful new calf! I must admit to being new to the cattle raising vernacular.. heifer, calf, bull…cow? It is all quite confusing. Do they sell Raising Cattle For Dummies????

  4. Tara, here’s a quick primer : )

    Cattle: collective term that includes cows, bulls, calves, heifers, steers, etc.

    Cow: adult female bovine that has had one calf.

    Heifer: young female bovine, from the time she is born until she has her first calf; when she’s young she’s sometimes called a heifer calf. Until Bunny had her calf, she was considered a heifer (even when pregnant). Now that she’s had her calf, she is now a cow.

    Calf: young bovine of either sex.

    Bull: male bovine with testicles intact, used for breeding (and rodeos). When young, called a bull calf.

    Steer: male bovine with testicles removed (if you want to know how, this will require a whole ‘nother primer…). Young bull calves often become steer calves.

    Whether or not a bull or cow or any other member of the bovine family has horns does not affect the naming. A bull (or cow, or steer) doesn’t necessarily have horns.

    Probably the best education is a bit of a time on a nearby farm, if you have one! Most farmers are happy for the chance to answer questions and talk about their animals.

  5. My heart is soaring over here. I can’t believe you guys actually saw it happen with your own eyes. Way to go, Laura!

  6. Mrs. G., there’s a lot of hard work and little sleep during calving, but the rewards are so incredibly worthwhile. We’re lucky that Bunny had her calf while we were around (and that I had the camera in my pocket), and not in the middle of the night — more than once, between the middle of the night check and the first morning check, there’s a new little head poking out of the straw. We are really, really hoping to be around when our mare has her foal. We’ve never seen a foal born in real life.

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