It was a fertile year in the Boundary Country!
Last night we had our 3rd and 4th set of twins! We are just starting calving but at this moment, 19.4% of our calf crop is twins. We heard yesterday that our fellow ranching neighbour has had eight sets of twins! There must have been something running through the streams out there on the range.
Our first set was born on February 5th, out of a fourteen year old cow D6N. The first born was a red white face bull calf. Obviously we do not know who will be having twins, and by the time we suspected it, and Doug ‘went in’, the second baby he helped out was dead. The older brother had trouble nursing for the first day but finally figured it out and is out livin’ life with his mama.
Our second set was born two days later on February 7th, out of a nine year old cow, and the daughter of the above mentioned cow N6U. We had brought her into the barn and after she spit out a smaller black blazed heifer calf, we suspected twins because of the size of the first. Sure enough, twenty minutes later she was down pushing out number two. We were pleased to meet her second daughter, a black neck cutie!
Our third set was born on February 12th at supper time, out of a six year old cow U308Y. The first born was a red neck bull calf, and the second was a black neck heifer calf. Because these twins are both sexes, we will make sure we do not keep the heifer back as a breeding cow for our herd, as she may not be able to breed. This cow has tonnes of milk and we were so relieved to see her have twins! Sometimes one calf cannot keep her milked down.
Our fourth set was born on February 12th as well, out of an eleven year old cow 234S. We are not sure which of the super cute black brockel faces were born first because when we went out for our 10:30 pm check, they were both born. The mom was so attentive, quickly switching back and forth between licking and ‘mommy-mooing’ at each of them. We loaded them up in the gator and she followed us into the barn where we bedding them down for the night. They are both bull calves.
We are very thankful for all the healthy calves that have been born so far! I will keep you posted if we have anymore twinzzz!!