Viv holding a little day old! Cute! Cute! Cute!
Marne had just given this little piggy a kiss! They all wanted to hold the littlest pig- so Steve was changing pigs so they could all hold one. After a little while the babies would wiggle and cry - they'd had enough of being held! The alleyway where we were all standing is kind of narrow, so I couldn't get a picture of all the
kids holding a baby.
Keeping warm under the heat lamp. These are a little older, born last week. The kids didn't hold these - they're too strong for them already. They're so inquisitive tho ~
So now you see why Steve wanted Red Angus cows and calves ~ have to match his red Duroc piggies!!!!
I checked out Lynda's question. She didn't know there were Red Angus, and in checking out the Red Angus Association and the history, I learned that the in the 1940's cattlement started selecting and breeding red, cropped from the best Angus herds in America. in 1954 the Red Angus Association was established. The black (B) is a dominant gene; the red (b) color is a recessive gene, and then you get into homozygous red (bb) and homozygous black (BB) and heterozygous black, red carrier (Bb) charting. Very interesting, but the short of it is: when you have a black red carrier cow that cow will produce red calves. If your red cow is bred by a red bull, you will have a red calf, even if any red parent had a black parent. Red Angus carry no diluter genes so there are no greys that result when crossbreeding with blacks. The chart I have been checking out, is very interesting.
Soon the new momma and calf will be put in the pen closer to our house, so we'll be able to watch the little one run and kick up her heels!!!
We don't intend to get into breeding and selling cattle - just want to have a few cows and raise our own beef. This way we know where our meat is coming from and know that they will be fed and cared for!
We already have been eating our own beef from last year, and the meat is so o o o good. Sure beats getting it from the store!