We had our first calf of 2016 last night! It’s always exciting to see the first one and especially exciting when the cow has it by herself with no problems!
Here’s the particulars:
Weight: 70 pounds
Parents: No. 107 is the mother and she does not know for sure who the father is as she was seeing three bulls during the time she got pregnant.
One of the three bulls is claiming he used protection, another one said it couldn’t have been him as he was infertile and the third said he wasn’t in the pasture at the time the alleged act took place. However, we know for sure the second and third bulls are lying since they were checked for fertility before being turned out with the cows, and we know they didn’t leave the pasture the entire time 107 was in that same pasture. Although we think the first bull is also lying about using protection, we have no idea how to prove it or what to even look for.
So outside of running an expensive DNA test, we have no way of making one of the bulls pay calf support. It has been our experience that these pasture bred cases rarely hold up in court anyway. And since the three bulls are out of work until June, they wouldn’t be able to help much financially even if we could prove which one fathered the calf.
No. 107 is being a good and dutiful mom and is prepared to raise her son without the father’s help. Her rancher has agreed to provide feed and shelter for her calf, and the rancher’s wife will love it like her own, if No. 107 let’s her get close enough.