“To country people Cows are mild,
And flee from any stick they throw;
But I’m a timid town bred child,
And all the cattle seem to know.”
~ T.S. Eliot
Do you remember Red Bull, our miracle calf? That’s him in the photo above, taken about eighteen months ago when he was just a wee thing, a few months old.
He’s a dad!
It’s official. Our herd are now all in various stages of late pregnancy, and we’ve already got two new calves on the ground, the first of Red Bull’s progeny.
Here’s the first. Mum hasn’t let us close enough yet to be able to tell the gender, but this calf is enormous and only three days old.
And here’s the second. This one is definitely a boy! A boy of high spirits and much joy.
It was wonderful to watch them frolicking in the grass yesterday. Dad is keeping a watchful eye out for them, and there are a few other mums looking about ready to drop, so I think March will be a very productive month here at the farm.
Lots of love from all of us,
“Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.”
~ David Ben-Gurion
Do you remember me posting recently about a very fat cow, who couldn’t possibly be pregnant, giving birth to a baby bull calf. He’s our little miracle, and he came into the world after we’d lost both of our young bulls to bracken fern poisoning.
Today I’d like to formally introduce you to Red Bull. Yep, that’s what we’ve named him. From all of the clever, meaningful and innovative name suggestions you gave us, Red Bull is the one that has stuck.
His mum has been keeping him away from all of us for the first few weeks of his life, but they came down to join the herd a few days ago.
He’s a handsome young fella, shy at first but with a robust sense of curiosity. If you sit down quietly in the grass he’ll come right over to you.
Red Bull has already made friends with our puppy Harry, whom he came gave a sniff and a lick. Harry loved it, and I wish I’d had my camera! But I’m sure Harry thinks Red Bull is just a big dog…
I’m very pleased with our newest addition. He’s got the makings of a lovely bull. And he’s already enjoying lots of attention and treats. Like everyone else around here, he’ll be well fed and thoroughly spoilt. 🙂 Thanks for all your help with the naming. I thought you might enjoy some pics while Red Bull is still a baby.