We have 3 new arrivals here. I need to keep the agricultural side of the business going to keep the council happy and, as we're no longer breeding cattle, I thought I'd go back to what I love best and rear some calves again. It's also a good excuse for buying them!!!
I've just sold my calf from last year, which has paid for the haylage for all our animals for this winter, so my plan is to do the same next year with these 3.
It's been a couple of decades since I last did any calf rearing but it's every bit as rewarding as I remember - they are so cute and bouncy, and hungry!!! The speed with which they can empty a 2 litre bottle has to be seen to be believed! I am very lucky in having a very enthusiastic helper who gets out of bed every morning without any prompting to help feed them, which is a minor miracle in itself!!!!
Here are Hetty, Monique and Violet (Mike named them after characters in his last play, The Kitchen). They are 5 week old Aberdeen Angus x Friesian heifer calves.
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