Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's a Boy!

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Last Saturday while I was in San Fran we had our first calf. Meet Arthur from Madison.



One of the reasons we settled upon the Scottish Highland breed was that they calve easily. We couldn't find the afterbirth and assumed that Annabelle ate it and we are probably correct. It is a natural instinct for many animals to do this to cover up the scent for any predators and for nutrition after giving birth. Since this was our first we had a vet stop by anyway just to check things out and everyone is fine.

So now we have five. In 2011 Ed and Earl get processed. Emma and Annabelle will continue to be breeding females for us. Arthurs fate is still up in the air. It sort of depends on what he turns out to look like as far as his confirmation and such. We can either raise him for beef, or sell him as a bull to another farm. We can't keep him on our farm as a bull since he is too closely related to our current line - it is recommended to go back at least three generations to not risk the things associated with line breeding like birth defects and things like that. Some people do line breeding to keep a certain color or trait in their cattle lines, but we are strictly against that.

Word has it that he is so cute he will be kept as a pet, blah blah but the reality is that he will eventually be a three quarter of a ton behemoth and those puppy feelings will quickly evaporate at that time.

But he is cute for now, that is for sure.

6 comments:

James R. Rummel said...

I suppose you could say that Annebelle was carrying around a load of bull.

Dan from Madison said...

Be sure to tip your waiters and waitresses, ladies and gentlemen and don't forget, Mr. Rummel is playing here all week...

Gerry from Valpo said...

Congratulations gramps. Is my cigar in the mail?

Dan from Madison said...

I will hand it to you personally at the home opener.

Jonathan said...

Holy cow!

creakypavillion said...

He looks a bit like a teddy bear.

Congrats!

Tat