I’m standing in the barn, typing on an iphone so you know this will be short and error ridden, watching my new twins. We are supposed to start calving in a week or so but have had an early set. Its not uncommon for cows, like people, to have a shorter pregnancy when they are carrying twins.
These two beauties are both heifer (female) calves. Two beautiful babes that are unmotivated to nurse. I know they’ll get going since they are both lively. So maybe its because they are the first of the season and I have time, or maybe its because the weather is beautiful and I’m in no hurry to get inside, or maybe its because they are so darn cute but today, I sit and watch. If they don’t nurse soon I’ll help them out.
Agribusiness is often criticized for its size. I hear words used like factory-farm, living production line, and of course references to breeding that are far to crude to repeat here. So why tell you about such a mundane thing as sitting on a gate watching the calves? To give you a quick peek into the care that goes into raising animals for a living.