New Addition
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When I went out to move the herd on Saturday, I noticed an unidentified black object in the pasture with the cows.  It was bigger than a cow pie, but smaller than a cow and it was not moving. Hmmm…”what’s that?”, I thought. As I got closer, the unidentified object sprung to its feet and scampered away.  It was a calf! Born just that day.

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As you may know, this is not our normal calving season.  So how did this happen, you ask? As it turns out, when the herd was leaving Greenmont last spring, we noticed there had been a bull in the herd all winter, unbeknownst to anyone.  You may wonder how we could miss such a thing. Well, I never noticed him because he was a young bull so we was small and he didn’t have that bull “look.”   Also, the herd had 500 head and you simply don’t notice those other certain defining characteristics of bulls when there are that many animals.  Sooooo, here we are in December having calves!  I’ll take it. It is a bright spot in the day to see the little one scampering around and having fun.  She already moves like a pro, too!

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Here she is standing next to mom.

Here she is standing next to mom.

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About Heather Juda

Heather was born in Atlanta, GA, but spent 19 years in Colorado before moving to Virginia. She came to Polyface for the 2012 internship and has stayed on as the first female apprentice. She became interested in the food industry when she was in high school, and over the years sought to eat in a healthier way through community gardening, hunting and supporting local farmers. She had a very blessed and “comfortable” life in Colorado complete with a good IT career and condo, but on a calling from the Lord, she left it all to start a new life in farming at Polyface. She looks forward to seeing what the Lord has planned for the future and hopes to use what she learns at Polyface to provide healthy food for people!
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10 Responses to New Addition

  1. farmmom says:

    I just LOVE little surprises like that (especially when they come in the form of a heifer). Congratulations!

  2. Leilani says:

    Surprise blessings, the best kind 🙂

  3. Rose says:

    Oh what fun!! She’s a beautiful Christmas baby!

  4. Helen says:

    Very Cool!!!! Great Pictures.

  5. Katrina says:

    Calves are the best! How fun!

  6. P.W. says:

    Gosh, she’s cute.

  7. Kathy says:

    Can’t wait to meet the new addition to the herd.

  8. So cute! Calves are the best surprises!

  9. Jeff Coleman says:

    Is that a Corriente in the foreground on the left of the third pic? Or a Longhorn??

  10. Olivia says:

    Could there be a sweeter surprise? Ok, maybe there could be but I can’t think of any right now. lol