Calf Born & Cow Aggressive

Cow number 32 had a calf in the early hours of Wednesday morning. When I went out at 7am the calf was standing and looked like it had been born for some time.

Charolais Calf

Charolais Calf

It didn’t take me long to realise this was a newborn calf as the cow was very protective and acting in an aggressive manner when anyone went near the fold yard gates. The calf is a heifer calf and is strong and getting lots of milk.

Charolais cow and newborn calf

Charolais cow and newborn calf

We moved the cow and calf into the calving pen for the first few days so that the calf has plenty of room and isn’t knocked about by the other cows.

Today (Sunday) we tagged the calf and have moved the cow and calf back into the fold yard. I had to keep my distance as cow 32 really doesn’t like me and whilst she is generally a bit of a bad tempered cow she is even more so when I am about!

When 32 went back into the fold yard with her calf, some of the other cows started fighting with her as they have been separated for a few days and need to re-establish the pecking order! There was alot of hoof scuffing along the floor and head butting each other but they have now settled down thankfully.

The calf didn’t seem to be phased by the move and the fighting. she is quite a big calf and lively and so is able to get out of the way if needs be.

Jigsaw Puzzle – Charolais Cow & Calf

Here is one of our Charolais cows with her calf, click on the picture to jumble up the jigsaw puzzle.

How long did it take you to solve the jigsaw puzzle? It took me 4 minutes and 9 seconds!

A Charolais Cow Calving

Watch the video clip of the charolais cow calving and the immediate minutes after the birth.

When one of our cows is near to calving, we move the cow into the calving pen so that she has more room away from the other cows.
Up to four hours before the birth, the cow can usually be seen sniffing the ground, moving around in circles and generally becoming restless.
The tail then begins to stick slightly out, before the sacs appear.
After the sacs burst the calves feet appear.
If the calf is correctly positioned, the head appears and the calf is born.
The video clip shows a restless cow, the sacs appearing, the sacs bursting, the feet appearing, then the calf being born very quickly afterwards.
Then it shows the cow licking the calf who is able to lift it’s head after only a few short minutes of life. The calf is soon trying to sit up as the mother continues to lick the calf.
Amazing footage of an amazing event.