I was out walking Peanut in the yard Saturday night and saw the silhouette of a lone beef cow inside the barn. Her back was slightly arched and she was looking intently at something on the ground.
She's having a calf, or is about to, I thought.
Three winters of taking care of the cows by myself when Lowell was commuting to Indianapolis to work made me aware of any unusual behavior in the herd. My radar went on and I went to the house to tell my son Jeremy. If the cow needed help, we couldn't wait too long. Jeremy went to check on her right away.
It's a boy!
But Mom wandered a short distance from the barn and seemed distracted. Jeremy said he would check her again soon, in case she had problems or ignored the calf.
Mom was distracted all right. She was still in labor.
Jeremy found her back in the barn a few minutes later – with the second calf.
It's twin boys!
Twins for cattle are fairly rare. Genetics plays a part as well as quality of the feed and the age of the cow, from what I've read.
The cow is doing well at caring for both calves and she is pretty smart about it. Mom hides one calf while she nurses the other.
The newborn calf's instinct is to hide in the grass, motionless, wherever the cow leaves it.
It thinks it is invisible, but it's really not.
All the better to see the calf's blinking cuteness up close.