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On September 20, 1998 our longhorns arrived:
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. Hollywood the bull with four of his closest girlfriends


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Here Big Red and Little Red graze on the CyberRanch's island

Here's John S. Killian DVM, one of the best cattle veterinarians in Central Texas.
We had him out to check over the herd.

10/28/98 I've been spending most of spare time lately putting up fence. In the first week we had the longhorns, Hollywood jumped a fence and went over to fight with a neighbor's Angus bull. I was at work, but luckily Goodwench was at home. Turns out the man who owned the Angus and the guys working on the carport wouldn't go near the bulls, so Goodwench had to go grab Hollywood and lead him up to the neighbors pen. Later that evening I loaded him into the neighbors stock trailer and we brought him home. At least we go to meet a nice neighbor out of all this.

3/31/99 The bred cows were supposed to deliver in February. Here it is April and we still have no calves. I've decided it might be a Range Cube extortion plan. The cows are telling me to keep giving them lots of Range Cubes if I ever want to see a calf. I'm not sure how much longer some of them can hold out. Patches (formerly Big Red) has her udder very full. We just keep checking each morning and evening. There's film in the camera as the CyberRanch eagerly awaits its first birth.
4/1/99 No babies on the way out to work this morning. After some errands I arrived home from work at 5:30. Hollywood and Patches didn't come up into the field when I first put out the range cubes. I went walking to look for them. When I got all the way to the bottom of the pasture, there was Hollywood. I still hadn't seen Patches. Hollywood started to follow me back up. When I got up to the feeding area, a little tiny calf was standing between Bright Eyes and Patches. His markings are a lot like Bright Eyes, but Patches is the one who has given the CyberRanch our first birth. I was hoping for a heifer, and I'd have named her April. I wanted to name all 1999 babies names starting with an "A" We finally settled on Adam, as this was the first. Goodwench eventually decided he was really Abraham.

Here's the first born on the CyberRanch, Abraham (April) at 1 day old.

Goodwench feeds her favorite cow, Bright Eyes

4/17/99 We're getting ready to run out to the Heart Of Texas Fairgrounds for the longhorn show and judging. I leave Goodwench off at the water faucet to fill the water tank before we leave, and I drive out to check the chicken predator traps. Goodwench yells for me to come. I didn't know what was wrong. I jumped in the truck and backed up to where Goodwench was. Zelda has a new little brown calf. We took a bunch of pictures; first with the 35mm, then with the Polaroid. At first he appears to be all a solid reddish brown like his mother. When we got home from the show, we can't find him. Over behind the Morgan Building, little Martin has slipped under the rail fence. Goodwench on one side of the fence and I on the other slide him back under. He puts up no resistance and we worry that he might be sick. Zelda comes over to see what we're doing. Little Martin stands up and totters over to his mom. Turns out he must have just been sleeping. Martin stands up and totters over to Zelda. It turns out that his tail and the very bottom of his belly is white. He's not the solid color he appeared to be when he was still wet.
4/29/99 Bright Eyes has John, the third baby bull Her udder is really full. Goodwench & I went and petted little John while Bright Eyes stood over and watched.
6/23/99 The really good news is just a bit embarrassing. Abraham is really April. All three are still doing well. We also found out why Goalpost never had a calf. When I was mowing the pasture I came across a little, dried up baby calf that must have been stillborn. Goalpost should probably be culled as a herd cow, but she made such a nice aunt for all the babies, that we'll probably give her another year. My neighbor, Slick and I rode over to the large cattle operation today to look at their corrals, chutes, and working pens. Right now we have neither a way to castrate the baby bulls or really even get them loaded up on a trailer.
1/24/00 It's probably a bit too early, but we came out to go to work this morning and found Patches had calved. She had a little tiny heifer, and we've named her Button.
3/10/00 Zelda was the second to calve again this year. Like last year with Martin, she again had a bull. His name is Bullseye.
4/26/00 We had a great surprise upon returning from work. Bright Eyes calved. She had walked into the tank, our around the dividing fence to get to the island and the back yard. We've kept the back yard fenced since we found out that needing to wade through belly deep water to get around a fence is nothing to a Longhorn. We were a little concerned at first, because we could see no movement in the baby. She was dry, but born very recently. As I eased up to investigate, I first saw a little ear twitch, and then she woke up. Realizing this baby couldn't return to the barnyard the way her mother had arrived, I removed a section from the fence. This allowed last years calves to come up into the back yard for the first time. Before I got the section of fence removed, Patches was using her head and horns to push a bit at the new baby. We were a little concerned at first, but then realized that she was just helping to herd the baby in the direction back toward the barnyard. Even with the fence removed, new mother and baby stayed where they were while the others walked back to be fed. After eating, all 8 of them returned to join Bright Eyes and the new baby. The next morning they were all around the newborn, having spend the night out on the island with them. It becomes easy to understand the Longhorn's exceptional ability to thrive in difficult environments when one observes their mothering and care-taking skills. I'm reminded why I keep Longhorns despite the meat buyers lack of understanding how special a breed they are.
5/12/00 Though she miscarried last year, old Goal Post had a baby this year. A storm was coming up and it was almost dark. I wanted to check on the longhorns, but they seemed to be hanging out at the far end of the pasture on edge of a grove of trees. When I got down there, I found a little bull who will be named Bingo. This is the fourth and last longhorn calf for 2000.

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