It isn’t just me. Baby calves have a magical power over everyone they come in contact with. There is just something about seeing a healthy baby calf that makes you “Happy Happy Happy” like Si Robertson eating a hot donut (yes, we are a #DuckDynasty obsessed household, PUMPED for the new season). In fact, I’d say the tougher looking the cowboy, the harder they fall for these spronking little wonders of ranch life.
Enter Larry, The Daily Cowman, a rancher near Connell, WA. As you may have figured, Larry is featured in today’s post for his ranchyness, not wifeyness. He’s provided some great images and commentary on how calving season is progressing on his ranch via his blog and Facebook. Good for us, he has added YouTube to his online repertoire, and his debut is what I would consider an over-achievement in video.
If that isn’t dedication to caring for his cattle and providing an unfiltered look at ranch practices, I’m not sure what is! ANY QUESTIONS? No really, if you have a question about what Larry just did or why, leave it in the comments below!
To recap: The Daily Cowman just tagged a new baby calf, and avoided the potential wrath of an instinctively protective mother cow, while producing an educational video in one take. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Ben Affleck!
Dozens of calves have been born without incident this season on Larry’s ranch. His favorite cow was no exception. Larry’s Facebook update on February 26, 2013:
I think we can agree, a good mother is willing to do anything to protect their baby from threats – real and perceived. In this case, #9158 perceived a threat and relieved Larry of his worst choice of the day – “a 69 cent burrito”, making this mother cow vs. rancher bout a surprising tie. Knowing Larry, I’d expect nothing less than this kind of fiest from his chosen favorite cow.
On occasion, a mother cow (usually a first-calf heifer) rejects or ignores their newborn, which requires the rancher to help the mothering instinct kick in. Even though the majority of births on the ranch occur unassisted, and nature (hormones) works to make mother cows bond with and begin caring for their calf, in the cases where this does not happen, minutes and hours matter. This is why ranchers are busy out checking their herds, as often in the day as necessary to ensure their calf crop a healthy start. Weather be damned, and even more so when it sucks, farmers and ranchers are out there with their cows and calves.
The other interesting calving narrative on Larry’s ranch is the mother-calf lookalike contest. Check out the pics.
The root of Larry’s love of his cows and baby calves is pretty easy to trace. At the end of the day, he’s a husband to a wife and a father to a daughter who help him make their ranch go, day in and day out. When it comes to cattlemen, 99.9% of the time, a tough-looking exterior gives way to a gooey Cadbury center, and Larry is no exception!