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February 20, 2002

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Pete and Willie, the Pets of the Day
Name: Pete, Willie
Age: Six weeks old
Gender: Male
Kind: Milking Shorthorn
Home: Strafford, New Hampshire, USA
 
   My pets are Pete and Willie - six-week-old Milking Shorthorn bull calves. We live in Strafford, New Hampshire and we belong to the Yankee Teamsters 4-H working steer club. I got these calves as a Christmas present, and I will be training them to work in a yoke. They are very cute, as you can see, and they love to follow me around. We bring them outside in the snow and they run around, chasing each other and kicking with their tails straight up in the air. They are a lot of fun!

    Pete and Willie are not twins, they have the same father but different moms. Pete is a couple days younger, bigger, and very curious. He watches everything with his head turned to one side, like he's listening and learning. Willie is sweet and easy-going, his little horns are already starting to grow, you can feel the nubs. When we go sliding in the snow the calves come running behind, chasing us down the hill! Willie weighs about 150 pounds and Pete is even bigger.
 

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