Lots of things can go wrong when you’re dealing with live animals as your product. Seriously, why couldn’t I have married a shoe salesman? Instead, I got a guy who helps deliver calves in the middle of the night, doctors them all day… and yes, even bottle feeds them. Jimmy Choos do not take this much work! Sooo anway, last week Darrin pulled a calf out backwards. It couldn’t stand. Which means it can’t get high enough to suck from its mom’s teats. 20130329-142620.jpg

They even casted its legs to help make them stronger.




To save it’s life, the kids milked the heifer. This first milk is colostrum. It’s really important the calf gets this nutrient dense milk.

After filling 2 bottles, the kids went out to meet the calf. They named it “Rosie.” Yes, it’s a boy. No they don’t care.




Here’s the hard part… reminding the kids the calves aren’t pets… even if you do get to feed them by hand.







“Rosie” needed a few more bottles the next day but by the third day he was strong enough to suck from his mom. His casts came off a few days later. Currently, he’s frolicking in the pasture in front of my house. So many times things go wrong on the ranch. But Darrin and his family work extremely hard to make them right.

About Wendy D

I was born in San Francisco and ended up marrying a rancher in Reno, Nevada. I have a big city job anchoring the 5 o’clock news but come home to the country where my husband’s family has ranched for 5 generations.

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