Welcome To The World My Son!! New Born Calf - NZ

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The bonding process, as the cow learns to recognize her new calf, and commits to caring for that calf, is a complex blend of hormonal- induced and learned behaviour. Mature cows that have had calves before are more apt to quickly mother their offspring than first-time heifers. The cow or heifer goes through a series of behaviours as she reacts to various sensory clues provided by the calf and the birth fluids. If she’s lying down as the calf slides out of the birth canal, she will generally raise her head and look over her shoulder to get a glimpse of the calf. “Any movement of the calf at this stage (raising its head or shaking its head) is a strong stimulus to the cow to get up and turn around to smell the calf and start licking it. Calves that shake their heads and are vigorous elicit a stronger response in the cow; they are more attractive to the cow than weak or dead calves. The smell and taste of birth fluids is another strong attractant that further drives the maternal behaviour and stimulates the cow to lick the calf. As the cow licks the calf she begins the bonding process and learns her own calf’s smell, to enable her to identify it. She generally won’t let any other calf nurse her; she first has to smell it and make sure it’s hers. This is an important part of bonding, and probably the reason that cattle instinctively seek a place to calve where bonding won’t be interrupted. Because newborn calves are soon up and walking, and can mix with other calves early in life, the cow must be able to recognize and discriminate between calves soon after birth.
It was amazing to watch Mum bonding with her son as soon as he was born…such wonderful and tender moments in nature as she gently licked him clean…
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Mossburn Southland New Zealand September 2011

I would like to dedicate this one to Viv, Congratulations on becoming a Grandma… Enjoy your precious gift…

Welcome To The World My Son!!

I’ll Give You My *Udder Hand!*

A Hunk Of Bull! – NZ – Southland

Featured 9th Sep. 2011

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