It's the sweetest, cutest time of the year at the farm. We have had 15 babies in the last 10 days! Making sure these cuties are healthy and thriving keeps us going around the clock with barn checks, night feedings and morning chores. We do everything in our power to make sure the next generation of our herd are in tip top shape. That means keeping their mamas happy and healthy too!
The sweet girls below are twins, Lolly and Pop. Twins are occur in 1 in every 200 births or about 5% of the time. Their mom, 8, has had 3 sets of twins in her life! Getting twin heifers is a true 2 for 1 deal. If twins are born with 1 male and 1 female, the female will be sterile 90% of the time. This is called a freemartin and happens because the reproductive growth in the female is shared with the male's and often ends up with the female having small ovaries or none at all. Because these twins are females, both should be normal in the reproductive organs.
We are expecting 60 more calves through November. The cuteness meter will be off the charts around here for awhile!!