Well - that's because they are! Elvis's daughter, Millie, enjoyed a friendly sparring with Murphy earlier this week. Poor Murphy didn't have a chance given Millie is almost 2 years older. Notice that beautiful eye pigment that they both have!!!
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Today the young prince - a.k.a. Alex - came down to check out his new calves. How many 5 month old babies are lucky enough to have mini Hereford babies?!?!? Anyway, Lizzy, Sugar and Priscilla paid their respects while ensuring their own babies weren't in any danger....I guess the car seat is still a bit of a mystery to them. Alex seemed to enjoy his time with the cows and even has his own way of communicating with them. Riding in the back of the Gator was also a novelty he seemed to enjoy. That boy will be showing in no time!
Once again, the old wives tale that babies are always born on the coldest night of the year held true. This time, Priscilla gave birth to a beautiful little heifer calf. The good news for the baby is that P is an EXCELLENT mother and the weekend weather report looks much more promising. Here is the little girl...just a few hours old! She looks alot like her full sister Alley, doesn't she!?!?! Stay tuned for her name....
Another sunny day is making the minis very happy. On my morning patrol, I came across this little bum lounging in the sun. During calving season, we use round bales without the rings so that the babies can stay warm in the hay - looks like it works!
Sioux and Murphy
Today was a busy day with the cows - after several days of freezing cold weather and ice, the sun finally emerged! We started off the morning (after a few treats and a snooze on my bed) by moving Murphy from the barn to the calving paddock. It was his first outing and what an adventure! He walked by himself (most of the way) from the old hay barn where he was born, to the calving paddock by the house. About mid way down the field, he decided that he'd had enough and stopped for a quick nap. I never abandoned my escort duty but did take caution to give Sioux and Murphy some space as you can see below. Since I am WAY bigger than a calf, the girls like to make sure I respect their space when the calves are newborn.
Murphy's Law has it that cows ALWAYS calve on the coldest, wettest day of the year and this year was no exception! Last night, in anticipation of the 1-3" of snow and ice, Sioux was moved to the old hay barn to calve. Sure enough, we didn't have to wait long. Shortly after 8pm, we realized tonight was the night and started checking her regularly. Just before midnight, she finally gave birth to a handsome bull calf. Tired and worn out, but safe from the icey weather and cold winds, all is well with Sioux and her baby. Even though Elvis is no longer the King of MMH, his legacy lives on!
The World According to Dudley (as told by Little Dog as of 2011)
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