Just a quick note to say that we finally decided to put down our injured beltie heifer. She was not improving and appeared to be in pain or at least great discomfort. We have butchered her for pet food. We feel that is the best, safest and least wasteful way to use her meat. Perhaps we will revisit the nuances of this experience in a later post. In better news! A little beltie calf was born this morning. Despite the cold he/she appears to be doing very well. There are no guarantees this time of year (or ever). Its critical that she it gets a good dose of colostrum (cows early milk after delivery) and that it's mamma remains very attentive. So far so good.