from a couple of posts ago- they are doing just fine!!!
Last night, we got a call from the neighbor letting us know they were feeding at 5, so the daughter and I hiked across the field to see them.
Since the last thunderstorm – the hay fields have zoomed up in height! Last week, we walked the dogs and it was ankle high. Then, we had one small thunderstorm, but it was enough rain to soak the parched fields. Within a few days, it seemed like the fields were sooo tall-they shot up to knee height! Half way across the field, I could feel the workout in my thighs- it felt like walking on the sand at the beach. The field is flat, but has little ditches and ruts (and groundhog holes!) that you don’t see until you step in them! The daughter said it was more like walking thru the waves!! But we both need the exercise!! If we had a 4 wheeler, we could have zoomed across the field, and Belle would have gotten her bottle a little sooner!!!!
Belle was ravenous- and wasted no time in sucking the contents of that bottle down! She would have taken more – but could have easily become very sick – ’cause they don’t know when to stop!!! It’s a different story when they are nursing off their mother, they can come and go as they please, all day long. Bottle intake has to be limited to twice a day. The formula is very rich in supplements, so twice a day is perfect, despite what Bell might think!!
She was introduced to some bits of grain yesterday. At first, she just kept licking, looking for more milk, but managed to get a handful of grain down. There was not much chewing going on in that process. She doesn’t quite get the idea yet!
And, when mealtime was done, she was just like a petulant child who wants more- she stomped her feet and bumped her head against the pen and ran around in circles, and let go with one plaintive little “moooo”! We would reach over and pat her tight curly fur, but when she discovered those hands had no more food, she would go into her little “bad baby” dance! Soo cute!!
Turns out she is an Angus/ Simmental cross, not Angus/ Charolais, as previously thought.
Rambo is also doing very well. He is older, is down to one huge bottle once a day, and is very much into eating grain. The farmer’s elderly dad has become very attached to Rambo, and takes charge of his feeding. When old enough, Rambo will be sold, Belle, however, will stay on the farm.
As long as Belle remains in the pen near our property, we will continue to visit and update everyone. Eventually, she will move to the barn, and then out with the other cows. It will be kind of hard to tell her apart from the others then. I think that once she is off the bottle, and with her bovine relatives, she won’t have much interest in her human friends any more! Until then, we will enjoy our visits!
All is well, and very wet again, at Mountain Meadows this morning!