Have we mentioned how much we love what we do? As the days have gotten longer, so has the chore list. Our favorite chore by far is checking the pasture for new calves.
As we stay in the Spring calving cycle, we also keep a condensed calving time frame. We welcomed this little one along with 4 more the very same day. Unique calves like this really help in paying attention to which calve belongs to which momma. The cows continue on rotational grazing through the calving season, making sure no babies are left behind in a pasture is a must. This is made easy with the herd mentality but cows tend to keep to the motto of "it takes a village" and often leave all the calves with just a couple of momma cows at a time.
To ensure we keep a good count of calves and cows, our pasture checks increase. Typically, we find ourselves checking cows about 3-5 times a day. Spending this much time with them also gives them a sense of calm and familiarity with us. This in turn produces a less stressful environment. We love our cows and every new calf.