When it’s spring on a farm with cattle it means the arrival of newborn calves.
For Ty Korol, home from school at present, it means an opportunity to interact with new calves and more on the family farm near Canora.
One of the calves; Hope, has something of a story.
Hope was born March 19.
“By this time Ty had a good understanding of what was going on in the world with the coronavirus,” said his mother Linda Banga. “His school was closed, we could no longer go and visit his Baba in the nursing home, and we couldn't visit Gida or Grandma.
“When we brought the calf into the barn, Ty started to make a bed of straw for the calf to lie in. As he was making up the calf's bed, he turned to me and said ‘Mom, I am gonna name this one Hope cause of that crazy Coronavirus!’”
Hope's mother's name is Angel.
The family run a small herd so they only keep back a few heifers each year.
“We had not planned on keeping Angel, but Ty tamed her and named her Angel so we couldn't sell her,” said Banga. “Good thing we didn't sell Angel because last year she gave birth to her first calf and then she also raised an orphaned calf. This year she gave birth to Hope. Ty reminds us that good thing we didn't sell Angel because she has raised us three calves in two years!
Since Ty is home from school he has also made it his mission to hug every mare each day – the family raise Clydesdales.
“The mares are loving it,” said Banga.