My favourite time of year has finally arrived. The calving season! With an early start in the birthing arena, a first-calving heifer was the star of today… delivering the first newborn calf for the year.
Ladies first… a female calf becomes the first calf born for 2019, and was also a first for this 2-year old heifer in bringing life into this world. Hereford calves are beautiful, especially when they are newborns with their clean whitefaces, pink noses and inquisitive looks.
The start of the newborn season always brings me such delight and a smile to my face. With excitement, and anticipation for what the next 8 weeks will deliver… daily checking of cows and weighing newborn stud calves. This is my most treasured time of the year, with our farming business.
The newborn season brings hope, optimism and business prospects. Drought has brought us all worries, financial concerns and physical exhaustion. But now, as each baby calf is born into this world, we are reminded of the love for farming and our animals.
Today, I share with you, a photo of the first heifer calf born this year. It reflects my happiness as we come along to check the cattle and see a sweet face amongst the grass. I also love the quiet temperament of our cattle and how this first-time mother trusts us and just eats calmly closeby.
Rural Reflection #22…
I cherish these times on the farm and wait in anticipation for the next calf to be born… probably tomorrow. The calving season brings more enjoyable times to such a hard-working industry. Although we physically have to weigh the newborn stud calves and ear-tag them for identification purposes, these are jobs that bring more pleasure than pain.
We all need enlightening and a boost right now, an uplifting feeling to clear our vision and remember our ambitions and aspirations within the agricultural industry. These innocent newborn calves give us that completely.
Satisfaction on-farm has returned, as I look into these beautiful brown eyes. Satisfied that we have managed to keep our cattle productive, despite the effects of this tiring drought. Satisfied that high-fertility in our cows is a major trait that we focus on. And satisfied that I have a wonderful family to share my life with.
Take care, Karen.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
~ Dr. Seuss