Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Normal genetics predict that white genetics are dominant. Normally when a white bull breeds a black cow the calf is white. One would expect even more to get a white offspring from a white bull and a white cow but here is living proof that recessive genes stay in the gene pool. Our most skittish cow dropped this little black heifer during an afternoon snow flurry in the farthest corner of the pasture. I found yesterday's little bull tucked down on a southern slope about a mile from mom who was getting dinner at the hay pile.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
This little heifer showed up while I was in Juneau the 17th or 18th. The morning I left I followed the mom through nearly knee deep snow for over a mile before I found her. She was obviously looking for a place to give birth. She is one of those kinds of mothers that will stay away from the rest of the cows for at least a week to bond and give that calf a solitary start. She obviously has plenty of fat to support that lifestyle. Unfortunately her calf will probably also inherit the independent wild spirit of her mother.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Last night we had the second highest snowfall for the month of April on record. Nice weather to welcome a new little heifer to Arctic Tierra the Beta Matriarch of the band. No cattle I know are better equipped to be born into this kind of an environment.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Imagine the shock of coming from the womb to three inches of snow! The first calf was a bull with red points. The second a heifer with dun points daughter of Arctic Chloe the Alpha matriarch. We will begin feeding them away from the barn site which is beginning to get too sloppy for new calves.