First Drink

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When I went to check the heifers, I missed this little one being born by about half an hour I reckon! See how he’s still wet, has a fresh umbilical cord and looks a bit wonky on his feet?

When he was born, his mum would have licked all the afterbirth off him (that’s a bonding thing) and he would’ve tried to get to his feet and get straight to the udder.

Mum, once she knew the calf was okay and suckling fine, would have then moved on to eat the afterbirth.

There’s a couple of reasons for that, one being it helps their milk come down and the second is that if there isn’t any blood or ‘food’ in the paddock, they’re less likely to be bothered by predators, like foxes or wild dogs.

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