Breeding and raising grass fed beef cattle has been what I call, “on the job training” to say the least. I suppose, it could even be labeled “field training” as it’s called in my former police world back in Vegas and I can even attest to a foot pursuit or two although I was the one being pursued by an angry momma cow while my husband and son tagged the baby calf’s ear and weighed the newly born little guy.
My former field training officers at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police back when I was barely 21 years old (most of whom have moved onto greener retired pastures themselves) would have been proud to see me run so super girl fast that day last Spring. I was just out taking photos one moment and the next moment, I’m being chased by a very angry momma cow around the field. With my expensive camera in one hand, I ran like Jackie Joiner Kersy and leaped without any hands over the side rails of the pick up truck into the back to escape the angry momma cow. My husband and son were shocked and still talk about the day I turned into an Olympic track and field star. I don’t think they thought I could ever move that fast and with such determination!
As I learned that day, Galloway grass fed beef cattle are wonderful mommas. They are protective of their babies and normally very docile, except for that day of course when I was thankful for my police training. (Always watch their hands-or in this case-hoofs! haha) Galloway grass fed beef cattle take naturally to mothering and it’s interesting for me to watch how they act as a family group on our farm. There are natural herd leaders among the cows and it’s common for one cow to be appointed “babysitter” to all the calfs born after they are several weeks old. I love to see a group of 20 -30 calfs sunbathing with their appointed baby sitter while the mommas are off eating more grass in other parts of the property so that they can produce more milk for their babies.
We are expecting two very unique Silver Galloway grass fed beef cattle calfs to be born very soon. They are a little early in the season as our calfs are usually born between tax day and 60 days after tax day. (My husband has a sense of humor.)
We are watching them very closely as their mommas are “heifers.” I didn’t know this before meeting my cattle breeding husband but “heifers” are just a female that hasn’t had any babies yet. After they have a baby, they are called a “cow.”
Up until I met my husband, I’d only heard negative connotations with the term, “heifer.” Anyway, stay tuned for more. We are on calf patrol now. Five days and counting!
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