While checking for new calves Sunday morning, my farmer boyfriend found a new bull calf, born Saturday night, that just couldn’t get warm. It dipped well below freezing Saturday night and the winds gusted more than 20 miles per hour. My boyfriend loaded the calf into his pickup and put it on the dog’s bed with a space heater and a blanket. The calf stayed in the garage all morning while we went to church and lunch and by Sunday afternoon was up and going. The calf’s mom was waiting for her baby when we drove back into the field and immediately began licking and nudging the calf. A few minutes later, the calf was enjoy dinner via mom. The calf’s condition was not the fault of the mother cow. She had licked the calf dry but he just couldn’t get dry in the windy, cold night. Just another day during calving season!
Published by Katie Stockstill-Sawyer
I am a city girl that is learning about life on the farm. I met and married a fourth-generation farmer, Derek. I am now a farmer's wife and country girl. The move has required a few changes and a lot of learning. But I wouldn't change my new life and all of the little lessons and surprises it provides. View all posts by Katie Stockstill-Sawyer