|Donna from Mo ||
Posted 06-20-2004 at 04:53:14
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In 2003, a friend of ours was selling his Limousine/Angus/Shorthorn cattle to make more room for the vineyard he was expanding. Cliff was over there helping him with his project and more or less fell in love with the yearling heifers that were up for sale, and we ended up choosing three of them. We have 43 acres (only about 20 acres good for anything though) and missed having baby calves around each spring.
We borrowed Cliff's brother's Angus bull for a few weeks, and the wait began. We hoped for at least one heifer, figuring we'd keep heifer calves until we had six cows. That's about all we can supply pasture and hay for here, allowing for the calves by their sides till weaning, without buying hay off the farm.
All three cows have now calved, and we were amazed (and very thankful) that they all had heifer calves. So our cow herd doubled its size in the first year! Of course it will be two years before the babies become moms, but time flies.