April 12

When the baby goes down for a nap, it’s time for mother to also take a load off her feet.

I spotted this cow-calf pair in McLean county. The rancher has already worked the pair, marking the calf with the same ear tag as the mother.   For the next several weeks, she’ll protect her calf from strangers such as photographers like me, and coyotes who like a luscious meal of young calf.  When the calf reaches weaning weight, it will be separated from the mother and will be raised by the rancher for market.