On Saturday when we got home our first job once the cattle were unloaded was to find Eva Diva and her calf, both were fine standing by the fence.
Sunday afternoon we decided to move the cattle to the next paddock, Eva Diva was on her own and no sign of the calf, so off I went to find him. He had gone through the fence into the quarry paddock, Mark climbed through the fence to put him back. But he had other ideas, he ran at fences and ended up on our southern boundary running at a furious pace. Across two paddocks and back where he was supposed to be, but no he kept right on going to our nothern boundary, still running flat out. Mark finally caught him and carried him back to the laneway where the cows were going down the laneway, his mother had long gone. But he took off again across the paddock that Mark had just retrieved him from. By the time we got across there, we could find no sign of him. This is the steepest section of our property and we walked it for about four hours looking for this calf.
As Eva Diva's udder was so engorged we milked her out and got about 10 litres of colostrum which the pig was very happy to receive. We locked Eva Diva in the laneway with all the gates open, and hoped that he would call out and she would find him for us. But the next morning there was no sign of him. Ron & Julie Hunt came over and helped us look for him, we took Eva Diva on a halter across to where we had last seen him and tied her up. I had resigned myself at this point that the calf must surely be dead as it had not drunk in 24 hours and had set a running record over 2000 metres so must have been exhausted, add a warm day and hopes were low.
After only 40 minutes Mark shouted he had found him. In the neighbours paddock tucked into the bracken ferns and blackberries, only metres from where we had the ute. The guys must have walked over him and not seen him, but he was found and alive. His mum started bellowing as Mark passed him over the fence to Ron who held him on the back of the ute. Eva Diva who suddenly remembered she had a calf even tried to climb onto the ute, getting her front legs up over the side.
Mother and son are now in the yards, he was very hungry and she looks very relieved that he is back. And we were all thrilled at the best outcome we could have hoped for. Thanks Ron & Julie we are so grateful for your ongoing help.
Think this guy should be named Hide & Seek or Hideaway, and shame we can't enter him in tomorrow's Melbourne Cup he could be a contender.