You might think that calving can get a little boring. We do the same thing every day for about two months. Check cows... check cows.. check cows... We see a new baby born, but hopefully they all follow the same process. And that happens every year. Sounds a little monotnous, right?
I'm here to tell you, folks, that it doesn't get that way! Every morning I call The Rancher (because he usually doesn't call me or stop by the house after checking cows) and ask about any new babies or if anything exciting is happening. We never get tired of seeing the little babies racing across the pasture or mommas giving a bath (I wonder how many licks it takes to get a calf clean... do you think its as many as it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop?!).
I especially never get tired of the calving stories. There are always stories of an overprotective momma that wants to eat you for lunch. When you hear about a grown man running for the fence, you know its a good story. Maybe I like to hear them because I can relate or I am just proud of what we (the whole herd of ranchers) do to be beef producers.
I've been following long with a few other ranch blogs that have had some great stories and pictures from calving over the years. Being the thoughtful and generous person I am, I thought I would share them with you too! Some are great documentaries of cows birthing, something is pretty hard to capture in its entirety because lets be honest, who really wants to have that interrupted with on watchers and photos? And a few are stories of getting creative when you are dealing with coyotes, cranky mommas, and cold calves!
1. Running of the Panels on JustARanchWife.com
2. Coyotes & Calving on Beef Matters
3. The Balling in the Basement on ConfessionsofaFarmWife.com
4. A baby is born! on KansasCattleRanch.blogspot.com
5. Calving 2010 on ClodhopperFarm.blogspot.com
6. Calving with Gwen Shepperson in Wyoming on TheSouthDakotaCowgirl.com