The wild one

The kids show dairy calves because of their calm personalities. 

But this year Mike was given the chance to show a neighbors beef calf.

This is a  whole new ball game.

We get dairy calves at 24hrs old.  We bottle feed.  No mother cows to deal with. 

Now he has to get the trust of a  month old beef steer calf still nursing on mom in 10 acre pasture.

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Mike headed into the pasture with a bucket of sweet feed

He still hadn’t managed to touch Chevy.  (the name Chevy reflects what he is saving his fair money for!)

The closest he has gotten  is about 10yrds before Chevy gets nervous and runs off.

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Chevy snuggling next to mom

Mommy cow, thankfully, is mellow and wonderfully indifferent.  She calmly stands still and waits for Mike to dump out a bit of sweet feed for her.

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Chevy getting nervous. He is ready to run. mike just stands still, hoping that this time will be different.

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And he is off again!

No magical ending this time either.  But tomorrow is another day. 

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Chevy stops and watches from a safe distance.

And we have lots more buckets of sweet feed to hopefully entice him close enough.

He has a very sweet face, I hope we earn his trust soon.

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Chevy with his black tipped ears. Flies were bad yesterday as it was dry and HOT.

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Still in a good mood, after all he its spending the day on his favorite spot on earth, the farm

September fair is only 3 months away!

Any tips? 

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3 responses

  1. Tractors ARE red 🙂 I love it…
    I spent two summers working on a free-range dairy farm that let their cows run wild, and I mean WILD. I remember trying to get the calves from them after they were born – it was INSANE! Mike will win him… keep being patient.

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