A charolais cross bull calf was born on the farm yesterday. The calf has a lovely natured limousin mother and the father is a charolais bull.
The cow needed to be helped with the birth as the calf was a large bull calf and was taking some time to come out, so the farmer’s helped the calf and cow along with the calving process.
A calving stick is used to help pull the calf out. Two sets of ropes are added to the calf’s feet and then added to the calving stick and then the ratchet on the calving stick is manoveured up and down until the calf is pulled out of the cow.
The temperatures were below zero on the day the calf was born so the photos show the calf just after he was borning and steam is coming off his hot body.
The calf was bottle fed the first night as he hadn’t got up but the calf is now standing and suckling well.