Announcing: Sandra Dee had a calf

A herd of Highland cattle is known as a fold, and today we got to welcome a new baby Highland calf into our fold.

My husband’s dad instincts must be very strong, because he has been saying for the last few days that Sandra Dee was going to give birth any day now. We’ve been keeping a close eye on her, tracking her movements around the pasture.

As Holly was feeding our baby girl, she announced suddenly, “There’s a calf out there!”

We sprinted over to the window and started counting the number of legs in the distance. One, two, three, four, five! Even from where we were standing it was apparent that Sandra Dee wasn’t all alone in the corner of the field.

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This calf’s color comes from her dad, a bull by the name of DH Montgomery. We picked him specifically because we were told gray bulls can produce Highland cattle of many colors: black, brown, gray, tan, etc. We wanted it to be a surprise.

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DH Montgomery (Courtesy LEA-White Farms in Charlotte, MI)

Highland calves weigh between 50 and 75 pounds, and this one was walking around by the time we got our boots on and cautiously approached. Because there can never be too many brand-new baby Highland cattle photos, here are some more!

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It just so happened our neighbors had some apple mash from making cider at their church, and they stopped by to offer buckets full of leftover apple pieces. Sandra Dee also got some well-deserved grape leaves for her labor. Her baby was up and nursing within minutes of being born.

We are taking name ideas (comment yours or vote on one below). Here’s what we’ve had from friends and family so far:

  • Milkshake
  • Hugh Heifer
  • Cindy Moo Who
  • Clara-belle
  • Moo-lan
  • Fluffy
  • Mooana

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