Jan. 19, 2009, S&H Hilltop Sara brought a strappin’ little black bull calf into this world. The next day our temperature plummeted to give us the coldest weather we had all year…-2 F. I kept them put up in the stall overnight, with the doors all closed, to protect the little bugger from freezing to death, but he didn’t even seem to notice that it was cold! And thus began Maxwell’s life with us.
Mama Sara is a cow who doesn’t like to let down her milk for anyone other than baby for the first several weeks after calving. So, since I wanted to milk her, I needed help, and for the first month of his life, Max was my assistant. They would be separated overnight so to keep him company I would put his big sister, Keira, in the stall with him, and she seemed quite content to babysit. Then in the morning, I would take Sara into the parlor, clean up her udder & hook up the Surge, and she would let down nary a drop until I came back dragging Max in with the halter. Once he had his teat, all was well! (more…)