What was supposed to be one bull calf from a benefit auction, ended up being two (one for each kid to learn how to raise an animal-right?) Every morning early & two more times a day I bottle fed them. Easy enough until they developed Scours. Bad. Very bad, and the smell?! Anyway, these are some lessons that I have learned along the way and try to incorporate into our lives...
#1. Always be happy to see your family. Running up to them helps. licking them, maybe not.
#2. Always be accepting & kind to others. Especially if a new steer comes in pushes you out of the way, eats all your food, poops in your bed, and follows you around everywhere. Licking them helps...
#3. Find time in the day to just lay in the middle of a field.
#4. Let mean spirited comments & actions of others roll off of your back like water on a goose (OK, maybe that lesson came from our goose, Moses).
#5. Always be loyal to those close to you. You never know when you might need your ears scratched or coat brushed.
#6. If the big goose hisses at you while she is laying in YOUR straw bed, just leave her alone. The middle of the field is also a fine place to lay.
#7. Just focus on the basics of life. Food, water, sleep, having fun...and hanging with your herd.
~Head soap pot scrubber & best friend to Rosie the cow.