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.