a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cattle...

is hubby's dream.  I don't mind it too much, especially this time of year when the calves start coming.  Hubby chose Gelbvieh cattle(you can put Gelbvieh in my seach for more posts).  They are a breed famous for their marbled meat, their gentleness, ease of calving, great milkers, birthing small but growing fast.  They are big boned cattle and in my opinion, the Halfinger of the bovines.
For those who farm, you aleady know it can be a heart-breaking, back-breaking job but the rewards are many.
Nothing like observing the herd with the pride that goes with that. The counting of the cattle is a daily chore that hubby does enjoy.  Observing which may be the next to calve and making sure all are healthy and safe.
When healthy babies hit the ground,
the pride and joy can not be measured.

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22 comments:

Just Plain Tired said...

I've never heard of Gelbvieh cattle before. Always nice to learn something new.

Jules said...

Yes back breaking but most rewarding. I use to love to watch the new calves playing in the fields :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Country Gal said...

They are cute !
On our farm when I was a kid we had Herefords and Holstiens. I love the hefers as we call them they are so cute as caves ! It is a hard work and heart breaking as well running a farm ! Have a great weekend !

Nora said...

As a true Dutch woman, I do have a love for cows, but I'm more used to the black and white ones. I do love all of them though and especially their prettily lashed eyes.

Rudee said...

I love your moo cows, Gail. I can only imagine how tough this line of work can be, especially since it has to get done every single day--no matter how you feel and no matter the elements. Farmers are a pretty special breed, too, are they not?

Dreaming said...

Awwww! How cute!
I love that you consider the Gelbvieh to be the 'Haflinger of the bovines'!
They sure look like sturdy, gentle souls.

Kelle said...

We had a Gelbveigh heifer calf given to us, her mama rejected her, so we grafted her to our jersey cow( wasn't hard). We intented to make her into our next dairy cow but sadly she ended up with a rumnant problem and began chronic bloating, so had to butcher her*sniff, sniff* She was the most gentle heifer and I know would have been a wonderful mother and dairy cow. Sadly things don't always work out the way we think they should.
Your cows are lovely and the calves precious, thank you for sharing your photos.
Blessings,
Kelle

Rob said...

It was great walking round the cattle on a nice summers morning. It was during this task that I came upon my dog Tommy.

Nezzy said...

I just adore watchin' the little healthy fellas romp and play when their feelin' their oats!!!

Good lookin' bunch of bovine girl!

God bless and have a super day!!!

Sue said...

You have cute calves.

(heehee - Sounds like a leg compliment, doesn't it?)

;)

John Gray said...

so sweet those calves

Home In The Hollow said...

Gail, what adorable calves! Nice to meet you...glad I dropped by!...:)JP

Buttons said...

Wow I understand this one. We are almost done calving 10 more to go 10 more to go. Yeah. They are really cute. B

LindaG said...

Great looking cattle, Gail! :-)

edenhills said...

My Maxine is a registered Gelbvieh. Don't find lots of them around here, but I just love them! Beautiful calves.

Teresa

Verde Farm said...

They are gorgeous Gail. Those babies are precious. I know it is very rewarding work but so hard. Thanks for linking up to FFF :)

Pat said...

I love cows and those calves are just adorable. I'd have a hard time eating them!

Mary Ann said...

We have Gelbvieh here in our neighborhood.. they are beautiful cattle! I'm so glad to have found your blog.

Alica said...

I never heard of the Gelbvieh before either, but they are beautiful!

Rising Rainbow said...

I so love the babies of any animal I think. It is so much fun to watch baby calves at play.

Maria said...

Gotta love cows!! Love the shot of the babies!!

Lorraine said...

That's a new one on me - never heard of them. It must be so heartbreaking when they have to go though. I admire any farmer who copes with that. I know it's a fact of life, but it breaks my heart just thinking about it.

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