Monday, February 17, 2014
Rest in Peace
Four of his "classmates" of the County Line Class of 2014 did not, despite Randy's best efforts.
Last week, we lost four baby calves who didn't survive the sub-zero wind chills and snow drifts. With one of them, Randy had it in the warm pickup and gave it warm milk, just like he'd done with the first one. But it still didn't survive. (For more on Randy's care of cold baby calves, click on this link.)
Another was a twin. His sibling survived, but he did not.
With two of them, the mamas were so riled up and protective that Randy couldn't get close enough to help. At some point, you have to determine the "price" you are willing to pay. With one, I tried to help keep the mama away while Randy helped the baby. Jake did the same with another. When a 1,200-pound mama is charging toward you, you can't stop and reason with her. It's hard to fault her when she's doing what nature prompts her to do: Protect her offspring.
But a human is no match for a charging cow. After several attempts, Randy said, "The emergency room bill is going to be more expensive than this is worth."
A baby calf is worth about $300 to $350 this winter, so it's not an insignificant amount of money to lose a calf. Last week wasn't a good one on the bottom line. But it's also not good on a farmer's spirits. Farmers want to do their best for the creatures and the land they are responsible for.
But life isn't always fair. Sometimes you try your darndest and things still don't work out the way you'd prefer.
To make matters worse, Randy also lost Boots last week. (He got run over when he was out and about on a hunt.)
He was one of Kinley's favorites, too.