Meet ‘Little Spring AV Darla 1D’! Darla was born March 11th 2016 around 11pm. She is 4 months old now, she is still a calf. Darla is a Purebred Black Angus. The day she was first born I was so excited! I had a list of names to choose from that I had prepared well in advance, but none of them seemed to suit. I invited my best friend Taylor to come and see Darla, this is when she suggested the name Darla. She knew the name had to start with the letter “D” due to the fact that I name all my cattle in alphabetical order. Each year is a different letter, this way it helps me keep track how old each of my animals are. When Taylor said that name I knew it was perfect! It was not to girly and it suited her. She was weighed, had her first milk called colostrums and had her navel disinfected right away to avoid infection. She was also vaccinated orally against some common preventable diseases. My family helps me with my calves and I help them out with their herd too!
Darla’s mother was the calf I started my heard with. Her name is Amber it starts with an A, as she was born in 2013. Amber was an orphaned calf. I got her from Hank Van slot, a family friend. I bottle fed her and she grew. A little slower than if she had a Mom’s milk, but I showed her in 4-H and had so much fun with her. Even though she isn’t a prize winning cow herself, she comes from a good line and has an excellent personality. She is the best mother!
Darla looks just like her mother amber, with her long black eyelashes, soft brown eyes and shiny black hair. She also shares the temper of her mother which is laid back and happy. Her father is SAV Angus Valley 1867. Darla and her mother have a amazing bond and she does not enjoyed being separated from her mother, which is to be expected. She is learning to be separate from her in short periods starting this week! I enjoy talking her for walks around my house and brushing her in the shade. Darla loves her grain but she can also be a little shy.
This is Darla and her friends, a white Charolais named Dermot and her cousin a little Black Angus Bull named Decalf at 2 months old ( Darla is below in the center) Darla received her microchip angus certified ear tag and ear tattoo around this time