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Friday, April 29, 2011

A Farm Addition

We were all very excited to get our first calf of the season on Wednesday. Rob tracked down a little Normandy/Holstein bull calf to add to the barn.  He is a week old and has been nursing from his momma so should have a good start to life.  At our farm he will get a diet of fresh goats milk, calf grain, hay, grass and water.  We have been raising our calves on mostly goats milk for the past three years~ and what a difference it makes compared to powdered milk replacer.  They are so much healthier, we hardly have any scour problems, and they have such nice, shiny coats.  Calves can drink up to a gallon of milk a day as they grow.  This little guy gets fed in three feedings for the first few days: 2 pints in the morning, 1 pint in the afternoon, and another 2 pints in the evening.  Slowly we will increase that amount (and cut out the middle feeding) until he is drinking a gallon a day.  Around 6-8 weeks, when he is sustaining himself on the required amount of feed, he will get weaned from the milk, banded and sent outside to the big calf pen.  Lord willing, we will add at least two more calves to the farm this summer.  Next fall, when they are 1,000+ pound steers, they will head off to the locker plant and our freezers (and friends' freezers) will be full of farm fresh beef to sustain our family for another year.  It's what we raise 'em for people.

His final name became Barnabas.  "Spot" or "Stripes" were entertained for a little bit, as well as "Abimelech", but given his bad Biblical history we decided to nix that idea.  It's good to have a calf in my goat barn again.

9 comments:

the canned quilter said...

Looks like steak to me : ) Now all ya need ia a pig and you're set !

Brenda said...

He is a good looking calf. When I raise calves, I name them things like T-Bone or Pot Roast! That way there isn't any confusion about their purpose on the farm. Raising bottle calves is a lot of fun.

Brande Services said...

I can't stand how CUTE he is! And those spots!

OurCrazyFarm said...

Lord willing~ pigs are coming tomorrow, and maybe another calf. Spring is here on the farm keeping us all busy and happy.

Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

He's adorable Terri. Makes me miss our Dexter herd we sold last fall. Last year we had 2 bull calves at this time, on their Mama's. Enjoy...! Can't wait to see your pigs too. I truly LOVE raising pigs!

*~*~*~*~Tonia said...

I so wish I had at least one to raise! Maybe hopefully soon!! He is cute!

Paige said...

Awww! He's SO CUTE! I LOVE spotted calves! Daddy and I went to a cattle auction last year(just for fun) and there were a few spotted calves there. If I could have, I would have taken them ALL home!
Paige

Paige said...

Awww! He's SO CUTE! I LOVE spotted calves! Daddy and I went to a cattle auction last year(just for fun) and there were a few spotted calves there. If I could have, I would have taken them ALL home!
Paige

Aimee And Tim said...

What a cutie! We have a cow even though we live in the city. A local farmer takes care of her.