Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

As I wrote in my last post, we have had 5 sets of twins on the ranch so far this calving season.  Normally we might have 2 or 3 sets for the entire spring, so this is a bit unusual.
This cow is 989.  She is the one that needed both my and the vet’s assistance when calving, as her twins were both backwards and the first one was tail-first.  The calf with her is Eenie.
This is 550.  She is 989’s mother.  She and I have history.  Last year, she got mastitis, so she was in for awhile during the 2010 version of my spring break vacation.  She is a very sweet cow and tolerated our doctoring with good humor.
This year, 550’s calf was born dead, so we grafted 989’s other twin, Meenie, onto 550.  Here they are together, out in the pasture after our successful grafting exercise.  As you can see by 550’s tail, we had a stiff south breeze that day.
Yes, that’s right.  550 is raising her daughter’s daughter.  Puts a whole new spin on “grandparents raising grandchildren”, doesn’t it?
Yours in travel,
The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

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