Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Oct 09, 2015
A couple years ago, my husband and I started a small cattle farm of Hereford beef cattle. We recently boarded an Angus bull and he impregnated some of our heifers. Our latest calf, therefore, is a cross between Angus and Hereford. He is our first calf of this kind, as our previous calves were all just Hereford's. Hereford cattle, including bulls are good-natured whereas Angus tend to be more aggressive and harder to handle. So, I was a little curious how this calf would turn out. Right after birth he was approachable and inquisitive. He had some trouble suckling for the first time and his mother, as a new mom, was not very interested in nursing him. We managed to harness her and make her stand and feed him until she was dry, after she had rejected his nursing attempts several times. That seemed to be all that was needed. Since then, the calf has become more assertive about nursing and his mother now complies willingly. I have continued to handle him since he was born, which was 7 days ago now, and he is very friendly. He follows me around and lets me cuddle his face and pat him whenever I want to. We couldn't have asked for a better calf. He's still very new but we hope he continues to be this way as he grows. I have pretty good feeling he will.