Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Birth Announcement

On Sunday, we had our first heifer calf born since December 2nd. The surprising part is she was born red and white not black and white. Red and white seem to be worth more money. If you are raising beef cattle though, black-hided cattle are worth more. I'm not sure why. Back to the baby...
This is what our newest addition looked like minutes after birth. Kurt had to pull her out and Mac watched. I was in the house cleaning, but came out after Mac came running in to tell me we had a red heifer calf. I though she was joking. There is no way, well there was a way but we did not even think we had a chance of getting a red calf. Krunch, her mom is licking her clean, which is what a good mama cow does after her baby is born. Normally there is not a yellowish tint to the calf goo but Kurt said she must have had an infection of some sort.
This calf is the perfect size for Mac to show at the fair in the Kids and Calves showmanship show. But we might sell her because she is a marketable little lady. She will probably turn black but she is definetly red (for now) and she has an awesome pedigree. Plus she is show age. Dairy cattle are shown in classes which span three months. She would in the spring calf class which is March 1 to May 31. Her birthdate is March 15.

Now we must come up with a name for her. It has to start with a K and I had a name picked out before she was born and we did not know if it was going to be a heifer or bull. I though Kream would be a good name for her. Otherwise we have come up with Kween (Queen) or Kaboom because her mom's name is Krunch so Kaboom would kind of go in theme with her mom. Kween because we (I mean me) are spoiling her. She is sooo cute. I can't help it. I'm sure after a few more calves are born she'll be old news but for now she's a hot topic.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations, she's beautiful!
Okay, is this a name the calf contest? I'll submit
1. Krackle
2. Karma
Sounds like fun, getting to pick baby names-without giving birth, AWESOME!!

Dani Brook said...

Cute heifer!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, Meghan, what a great photo of your new heifer!
Amy Stark