Elliot was a surprise to us and his breeders, when we delivered him via c-section on April 12, 2018. Unfortunately, his momma did not recover after the surgery and we lost her 5 days after his birth. We had bottle fed him from the start, so we just took him on to raise. He had a new momma, some calf friends, and a puppy for a playmate. We learned some do's (and a lot of DON'Ts) but we raised a successful bottle baby.
He was asked to be the class mascot for a local elementary school and he made a visit to the school on their first day. We emptied the school, one class at a time, since you can't bring a calf to school and not let everyone pet him!! He also was the smooch recipient for a "KISS A COW" fundraiser by a local accounting firm! He made the local newspaper for both events!
Not your typical calf, Elliot spent time at the local school, the local accounting firm, but he also spent some time in the hospital at Oklahoma State University. After being rushed to Stillwater for what we thought was an obstruction, we learned it was an internal abscess and they had to operate to remove it. He spent 11 days at OSU, and I dare to say that EVERY single small and large animal vet student came to visit him. They spoiled him and kept him stalled in an air conditioned storeroom, rather than the barn where the rest of the animals were. We are eternally grateful for our veterinarians at Prague Animal Hospital and Oklahoma State University.
We hauled him to numerous shows during his first year, including our County Fair, the OK State Fair, Tulsa State Fair and the National Western Stock Show. He was never beaten in class as a weanling, and has won multiple Champion banners, including NWSS 2019 Division Champion Spring Junior Bull Calf.