When we rounded up the cattle last weekend and brought them home for the winter, I was struck by how much the calves have grown. Most of them were born in March, and looked like this little squirt did at birth.
He weighed between 70 and 80 p0unds, and at just an hour old, had learned to stand.
A few weeks later, a group of calves were enjoying the sunshine out in the pasture. One cow acted as a babysitter, while the other mamas grazed on spring grass.
Over the summer, the calves nursed on their mama’s milk, and started grazing on pasture grass. They grew and grew, and gained weight, and today, they look like this.
They are eight months old now and weigh between 500 and 600 pounds, which is a tremendous increase from the 70 pounds they weighed at birth.
Here’s a side by side comparison:
I took this little white-faced calf’s picture when she was only a few days old:
And here she is today:
Isn’t it amazing how milk and grass can be turned into beef?