AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Labor Pains
Sometimes the labor involved to help a cow out thats in trouble is nothing but a big pain. I can relate to the motherly instincts cows have, just not their impulse to calve alone and unassisted.
If a... Posted on 3/12/11 at 8:00 PM
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