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Weaning Bull Calves
15 August 2008
Above, another dark and cloudy day in the cattle pens for the bull calves as they stand around waiting to be fed. Right, Michael Sexton, on his last day on the ranch before heading back to college with the end of the summer, prepares to give his all by lugging three bags of feed to the trough. Sean Sexton is happy to oblige by piling the bags onto his son.
It takes several trips to haul the feed and bales of hay to the troughs. Below right, the trough has to be cleaned out with a shovel.
Above, a couple of the bull calves can not wait to get at the hay.
Sean Sexton fills the troughs while a hungry crowd looks on.
Once the feed is covered by the hay, the calves set right to eating.
Above and below, the few cows still reluctant to leave their calves are finally sent back to rejoin the rest of the herd. The calves did not seem to take notice that they were now on their own.
Before leaving the pasture we looked for this young calf, estimated to have been born in the last 24 hours, which took some searching to find since the mother had hid her newborn quite well in the underbrush. Once we found the calf the mother was very protective and did a good job of keeping herself between us and her young one.
Florida Cattle Ranch by Bob Montanaro
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