The first week of March, when our snow was almost gone, we got a huge storm with -30C temperatures and about a foot of snow. It was a bit of a blow, although completely acceptable for this time of year in Alberta. We were crossing our fingers that our cows would cross their legs and not drop any babies until after the temperature had warmed up and some of the snow had melted, because friends, it. was. miserable..
Thankfully, the cows co-operated, and we had about a third of our herd have their calves in the nice, warm, muddy pasture. It's always exciting to go and check cows during calving season, because you never know what you're going to find when you get to them. Usually The Girls come with me, and it's almost as exciting as Christmas morning. You scan the herd, piles of straw....looking for a mama who is licking a new baby, or seeing a new, fresh calf up and running about, trying to figure out how these things called legs work.
This mama kept leaving her baby all over the place - under trees, in puddles.... the coyotes kept trying to get closer and closer, so we brought them in a small maternity pen close to the house in order to keep the baby safe until her mama remembered that she needs to keep a close eye on her baby.
This mama and baby are so quiet, and she loved it when the girls would come and hang out in the fresh straw. The baby would come and lay her head on the girls' lap, just enjoying the attention.
Good thing her mama was nice and quiet - we had plenty of opportunities to pet this little lady.
This handsome guy surprised us being red. We expected to have only black calves out certain cows....and as you can see, he is certainly NOT black. But he's my favorite. He's a big lug of a guy, and he reminds me of our giant dog, George.
We still have some cows to calve, but are expecting a bit of a break for a couple weeks until our next set of cows start calving.
I'm telling you, it's the most wonderful time of the year!