A Calf’s First Day

This calf was born Saturday morning about 6:30. Later that afternoon, when he was about 9 hours old, I took these pictures.  Much of a calf’s first day is spent resting.

But he also learns some very important things. He learns how to stand up and lie down, how to nurse,

and how to run.

He learns the sound of his mama’s moo and to come when she calls.  His mama cleans him often to keep his scent down, a defense against predators.

The world is a very big place for a newborn calf.

And it can be a little daunting for someone so small.

But Mama is never far away.

She’ll watch over him as he continues to learn and grow. 

One day soon, there will be lots of playmates for him.

And for this very pregnant mother-to-be, that day can’t come soon enough.



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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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10 Responses

  1. Dianna says:

    Love all these photos of babies! Cows are especially close to my heart – having that dairy farm across from us during my growing-up years!

  2. Rosann says:

    Thanks so much for a great post and pictures.

  3. Becky says:

    Am lovin’ this post. Baby calves are so adorable. Had some on our farm and the ones we got that were young were mine to feed with calf manna. Then they dribble on the fence! “0) Have a good day, my friend.

  4. Michaele says:

    That is one big mama!

  5. Joani says:

    Luv the calves. Can’t wait 2 C more of them as they R born. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  6. It’s just so amazing to me how animals learn to walk and run the first day!!!

  7. Jan says:

    Glad to find your blog. Was running through Tasty Kitchen recipes (roasted salmon) and found it. Glad to hear about others living life in the country.
    How close are you to Sublette? Have a friend here in Tx that is from there?

    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks Jan! Sublette is about 385 miles to the southwest of us. We are in the northeast corner of Kansas.

  8. Jan says:

    Oh wow! Not even close…

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