Well, We still have 2 to go, they're taking their time about it. All the others are doing well. I have never seen a year with SO MANY MILK THIEVES!!! As the cows are around the manger, it's just a smorgasborg for the calves, and the playful little heifer 3T makes her rounds, though, on the 16 cows that are there, I've seen up to 4 calves stealing at once, and in some cases there were 2 side by side stealing from each other.
Mega's calf is finally drinking all the milk, and her udder has wrinkles in it now, I bet she's really happy about that, her calf is growing really well
Here are some of the heifer calves shortlisted as replacements, though the ones with white or brocklefaces probably won't be kept
Volga, Full sister to #6T from last year, Stocky build, meaty, but a heck of a blockhead. I might be able to sell her to a good home as we're not keen on the brockleface.
Roma, Full sister to #11T from last year, doesn't look like she'll be as meaty. The white face doesn't fit in with the rest of the herd, I might find her a good home, she'd make a great and productive pet. Mother is now 16 years old.
Kenya, Full sister to #4T from last year, Identical, though may turn out a bit stouter in the fall, which is good, great looking calf but I know the history well and probably won't keep this one either. Sister LOVED people, but was a witch with other calves, far too pushy, this one looks like she's not going to be any different. Also, despite great
milk, poor teats and udder form as well as bad hooves.
Durga, Full sister to #1T from last year, pretty much identical, seriously consider this one if she's not a complete meathead and wild as be nice. Her sister turned out to be really friendly after weaning, Fairly pushy with other cows, acceptable udders, very good milk, good hooves. MEAN A$$ED MOTHER
Saga, she has no maternal sisters, 5 year old mother has great milk, OK udder, decent hooves, nice temperament. Her brothers were all pushing 675+ lbs at weaning, she should look nice in the fall, I hope she puts some meat on though. Most likely keeping.
Prada, Full sister to #8T from last year, Sister is a doll to work with and was CT's favourite pick to keep. Excellent udder, hooves, milk and temperament. Most likely keeping. Once she's eating hay and playing I'll take a better pic, she's only 4 days old. Granddaughter to the 16 year old cow.