One day, he called the house and told me there was a set of twins in the heifer corrals. To help them bond, he fastened the gate and left the two babies to nurse with the mama while he went to check other locations.
I decided to go out and document the arrival of the first set of twins for 2015. But, when the calves quit nursing and turned toward me, I made a discovery. I called my Farmer.
"Ummmm ... Did one of the calves come ready-made with an ear tag? I teased him.
It seems little No. 507 was an interloper, eating an afternoon snack from a substitute mama. She obliged. Sometimes, mamas aren't so accommodating, especially heifers.
We sat in the pickup and watched the trio for awhile. And, on closer inspection, one calf was larger than the other. And the mama definitely preferred the smaller calf and head-butted the other one away when he tried to nurse.
However, as sometimes happens with twins, the heifer mama claimed one and didn't want to have anything to do with the other.
Katie got a good price on a baby calf, and Randy didn't have to mess with bottle feeding an orphan. It was a win-win.