Jennifer Campbell, is a 6th generation farmer based in Franklin, Indiana USA, who currently operates a corn, soybeans and wheat production enterprise, along with a small suckler herd.
Recently, they welcomed a very special arrival ‘Pete’ from the farm of Keegan Poe, a neighbour.
Pete has proven to be everything but your typical suckler calf.
‘Keegan knows I love to take on livestock that needs a little extra attention so he called me. Pete was born on 17th February. He is a Simmental and was born a twin also, which doesn’t leave much room in the womb for stretching out. He had contracted flexor tendons on all four legs and as a result he couldn’t stand. He rode to our house in the back seat of my pick-up truck and we gave him a bottle of olostrum replacer-knowing he couldn’t stand, there was no way he had suckled from his dam’ . Jennifer explained.
My middle daughter Emi Lou and I spent the first evening and next day massaging those tendons, warming them up with my hair dryer and basically working with him to stand. Within 24 hours, he was up on all fours and after a couple of more days of being shaky and a leg giving out now and then, he was stable and basically a normal calf!’ She continued.
‘While I wouldn’t say contracted flexor tendons is common - it really isn’t uncommon either, generally calves usually don’t suffer from it on all four legs though, to my knowledge. Now he is just like a normal calf, only he is bottle fed. He does get a little extra TLC and freedom than our other calves, mostly because he is spoiled! Because he is bottle fed he isn’t weary of people and will follow us anywhere.’
On 23rd March, Jennifer established a Facebook page especially for Pete.
‘He became a Facebook personality by accident - I have my personal Facebook page and 2 other pages for my blogs ‘Jents Front Porch’, about life on our farm and ‘Farmwife Feeds’ attempting to connect consumers to farms, and when I would share things on my pages people just loved him! Someone joked he needed his own page and Emi Lou ran with it! We have had people randomly stop and visit Pete, ask how he is and request daily updates - Pete having his own page seemed like fun!’
Jennifer told Catherina that the objective behind the account is to showcase farm life, particularly the love there is for livestock and the care they receive as a result.
The recent purchase of a cowbell proves that Pete is the most spoilt animal of the herd.
‘We tend to do random family shopping trips to Rural King - a farm supply store, Emi Lou picked Pete up a cowbell so that when he was ‘free ranging’ it around our farm we could hear him! We know beef cattle don’t wear cowbells but it seemed to be a big hit on Facebook and really Pete looks adorable wearing it!’
‘Pete actually spent a few days back on the farm he came from while we took a short trip to Iowa, but he is back here with us now! He will stay with us until he is weaned from the bottle and on full fee, then he will return to Poe Farms where he will be finished out.’
Video of Pete
See Pete’s Facebook page here
Jennifer’s Blog Pages.
Farmwife Feeds - fâarmwifefeeds.com
From My Front Porch - âjentsfrontporch.com
Jennifer’s Twitter @plowwife
Emi Lou- @princess_emiii_