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Animal Babies: New Life In Osage County Kansas

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief

Tags: sheep, cattle, donkeys, farms,

On my Osage County farm, new life fuels cycles and establishes seasonal rhythms. With early spring, new life arrives as green grass and poultry. Once the grass is plentiful new life appears as lambs begin to drop and then the calves. This morning we experienced an especially compelling treat –Valentine, our female donkey surprised us with a spindly, wet, awkward bundle of joy. I don't know why Valentine chose the dusty corral as for birthing...

Donkey Foal

That's not where dinner's located!

Hank's Donkey Foal

Wet and wobbly.

Heifer Highland Calf

Nothing like starting out the day with a good breakfast.

Katahdin Triplets

Only two dinner plates for three mouths.

Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .