I'm SunRay Sallie, and I'm looking forward to blogging with you at this site. I'm new at it, that's why I titled this post, "Learning to Walk".
There were no calves born today at our farm (not yet anyway), but when the next one is born, I will try to catch some photos or videos for you to see. Newborn calves are beautiful...and really quite ready to stand and nurse. Calves are normally born head and front legs first, and most mama cows get up and check out their new babies immediately. The calf is wet with mucus, and it's mama's job to clean and dry her newborn...with her tongue. Yep, she licks the baby clean and dry; and while she does so, she is stimulating her calf to breathe and encouraging it to try out it's muscles.
The baby calf is soon hungry, and knows it needs to stand and walk to get food (milk). Newborn calves are usually standing and "walking" within an hour of birth! Nearly all of our cows know and trust us, so we can work around a mama cow and her calf without trouble. She will nearly always think differently about the farm dog, however, even though she knows him. At calving time, she wants to take care of her calf, no dogs allowed! (Jimmy, our farm dog, will get to meet her calf later.)
Calves are wobbly at first, and sleep alot the first 24 hours of life, but in a day or two, they walk strongly...even run. As they are raised on milk and grain for their first two months of life, they run back and forth after they've been fed...guess that's how they say, "wow, I'm so happy to be a calf !"
So, I'm "learning to walk" at this blog page. Send me your comments and questions. Sallie