Dr. Schmidt said that in early times, much larger calves probably encountered difficulty traveling the canal so elephant babies evolved to a much smaller size.
This results in large, well-nourished calves with considerable growth by the time of weaning.
Today the breed is becoming more popular in the United States because of the cattle's ability to grow rapidly with a lean carcass and to produce large calves.
Small Shetland cows could produce a cross-bred suckler cow that would in turn produce a larger calf.
The large calf had become cramped in the womb during the 22-month pregnancy and was born with rigid carpal joints, making it almost impossible for him to walk.
This shout started the young animals into a weak gallop and the lasso was duly thrown over the head of the largest calf.
We finally saw what it was all for, as we watched Steve and Maria castrate and brand the largest male calf in the herd.
With his capabilities to manoeuvre his own shape and size, he grew into a fearsome large calf and attacked Krishna.
Very large calves may also be found in some patients with this disorder.
Mr. Armes, a cattleman, knows the shortage firsthand, especially after one Friday last summer when a heifer struggled to deliver a large calf.