Another Bull Calf Was Born on Wilden Marsh Today

From Hoo Brook ramp I could see Jill Shetland on her own in Hoo Brook Corridor. The other herd members were busy grazing Hoo Brook Pasture. Jill looked at me and then nervously into the dense vegetation near the stock fence. She again looked at me and again into the dense vegetation. I walked over to her; a metre away was Jill’s new-born calf. The calf lay dead still with its eyes fully open. I approached slowly. The calf looked up and allowed me to stroke it. The calf stood, shakily, and I stroked it behind its ears and along its neck and back. New born calves usually run from me, but this one was happy to be handled. Jill looked on and lowed softly. Jill has given birth to a bull calf.

Lowing softly, Jill took charge and led her new calf into Hoo Brook Pasture to meet the herd. I videoed the event with my phone camera.

I thought I had a conservation herd grazing Wilden Marsh, but it looks like I now have a nursery herd.

Terry Bull might be lacking in stature, but he is certainly on top of his job.

12 Comments on “Another Bull Calf Was Born on Wilden Marsh Today

  1. Such fun to see the little ones taking their first steps and figuring out how to navigate. What a nice record of all those interactions, Mike! It made me laugh when momma Jill stopped to scratch her head.

    • It amazes me just how close this family unit is. All the cattle look out for each other, and they are certainly not as dumb as they might look. Sometimes the herd has its mad moments, racing, dancing, charging and arguing around me, but they always take care not to damage me in the process. I spend a lot of time with the cattle. I see them most every day. Sometimes I think they understand what I want them to do, and sometimes I think they don’t do what I want out of sheer stubbornness. They all have there individual names and characters, and they are very pleasant to be around. Maybe the cattle think of me as an honary member of the herd.

  2. Nice video. I live in the Midwest in the the US and most of the cattle I see are in open pastures with short grass. So strange to see them in a wooded area with all that lush vegetation to eat.

    • The marsh herd live a life of luxury during the growing season, David. The marsh cattles’s immediate task is to help me tame Hoo Brook Pasture. This pasture is a Site of Special Scientific Intetest and we are working hard to improve its condition over the next few years.

  3. Having read “Wilding” by Isabella Tree, I have a clearer understanding of the valuable work this herd is doing.

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