Greetings from Minnesota! We’ve worked our way back to an acceptable temperature, and I would say it’s 25 degrees out today.
Anyhow, let’s get to the good stuff….
And those are the twins I told you about yesterday! One heifer (girl) and one bull (boy). It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but they really are pretty tiny. I moved them next to each other to get that first shot (but they were moving around so much I think I took 10 pictures to even get one that was usable :-). )
Normally the heifer would be moved outside into a calf hutch. I know I’ve talked about it before, but we like to use calf hutches for the heifers because they provide a clean, warm environment where the calves don’t have to compete with each other for food. They also can’t spread germs as easily and they can’t suck on each other either!
We sell most of our bull calves to a local farmer who raises them for beef, and we also keep a few to raise ourselves. These twins are both inside with the bulls because they are “split” twins. Split twins just means one of each – one male and one female. For cattle, when a female is a twin to a male, she is nearly always what we call a freemartin. I don’t know where the name comes from, but what it means is that she’ll likely be sterile or infertile.
I don’t know the full science behind it, but that stats seems to say it happens about 90% of the time. So the heifer can either be raised with other heifers until it can be determined if she’s able to have a calf, or she can be raised with the bulls for beef.
Whew – that was maybe too much information for this early in the morning, but I figured it was probably a little-known fact I should share as I was sharing pictures of the twins.
Running Tales –
Yesterday morning as I ran an easy 5 miles, I just really enjoyed the run. The thought that I can run an easy 5 miles is empowering, as several years ago 5 miles was still a sizeable distance no matter how slow I went! Today is a cross training day, and this weekend’s “long” run is a step back week of only 5-6 miles. It’s been a good, easy running week, and hopefully it has prepared me to tackle the speedwork and 14 mile long run next week will bring.
What is the farthest distance that can feel “easy” to you?
Any questions about the twins?