Lil' Beef

September 12, 2020  •  5 Comments


Our cow neighbors recently added some new members to the herd. I've photographed three, but since then a fourth has appeared.

The operation, in a nutshell, runs like this:

The herd is comprised of females (cows and heifers). Once a year a bull is brought in and left with the herd for a few weeks so he and any eligible females can do their thing. Once business is concluded the bull is removed. The cows and heifers give birth in the field. All calves are given ear tags at the first available opportunity. The tags often look like big, floppy earrings until the calves grow into them. If the calf is a female she will remain with the herd. If the calf is a male he will be removed from the herd after being weaned from his mother. That is normally six months or more after birth.

If you're curious, a cow is a female who has already had at least one calf. A heifer is a female who has not yet given birth to her first youngster.


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Linking to Saturday's Critters



so fun to see the little ones!! i can't tell if momma is happy or annoyed?!?!
Lavender Dreams(non-registered)
I love seeing the little ones laying around in the field! It's a rough life! heehee! Beautiful photos!
Such great shots, love the babies!
Stunning photos. Thank you for sharing.
Hello Brian,

I enjoyed the lesson on cows and heifers, I learned something new today. I am not a cowgirl. I do love all the farm animals.
The calves are so cute, adorable photos. Take care and stay safe. Thank you for linking up your post. Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.
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