This fall, we had an elk calf join our herd. We think her momma got hit on the highway and the ranch’s cows were the closest family.
The first time the crew moved the herd with our new “calf”, the calf took off in wild zig zag patterns ahead of the cows and the cows tried to follow her…it was a little crazy.
When we sold the calves, the elk calf stayed with the cows.
When we processed the cows, we thought the elk calf was going to go into the corrals, but she changed her mind.
The next time we moved the cows, there she was… and she walked right through the gate!
The elk stayed with the herd for a couple months. I took this picture driving home not long ago… the elk has grown so much!
I’m not sure where she is now. We moved the cows out of this pasture and the elk herd came back by, so I imagine she hopped in with her kind. I kind of miss her, but I think she’s probably doing fine.
So, dear friends, you never know what you might see out in your field. But I hope 2022 brings a lot of goodness. Happy New Year!
* I know there is a concern over brucellosis with elk and cattle, so please be aware that we bled the cows to check for this. No brucellosis!