Today I’m thrilled to welcome Pam of Learning to Be Me, a fellow blogger and dear friend, as she shares her adventure in raising a bottle calf last year. Enjoy her journal of her experiences and look for 5 tips at the end of the post if you are interested in raising a bottle calf of your own!
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Have you heard the saying, “Be careful what you wish for?”
I should edit that to, “Be careful what you mention to a farmer!”
Early in December (2012) I mentioned to a new farmer friend that we might want to raise a bottle calf this year for beef. Of course I was speaking way ahead of being ready for said bottle calf and truly had no thought of this happening until MUCH later in 2013.
So guess who calls on December 31?!
This farmer had a cow that had delivered twins and was rejecting the female calf. He was taking care of the calf that night but REALLY wanted someone else to take her the next day. He reminded me that she would be sterile due to twin pregnancy with male/female combo. A little research tells me that the female from this set of twins is sterile 92% of the time. In other words, she is destined to be a beef cow.
I battled the pro’s and con’s all night. I tend to work out dilemmas while I sleep. When I got up I was certain the correct answer was “no” since we simply weren’t ready, not to mention It’s WINTER!
Then I went outside for chores. The sun was bright and glorious. I could sense God’s hope and blessing.
When next I talked with the farmer, I said “yes”. He didn’t waste any time bringing her and a bottle over to me. … [Continue Reading]