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White takes on 'small' project

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As an active 4-H member, Maria White is getting her animals ready for the Stevens County Fair. But this summer, she has taken on another small project.

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Maria loves caring for her animals, including her kittens, rabbits and 4-H project calves. That's why she is the perfect candidate to take care of a little calf that needs extra attention.

The calf is a Hereford/Angus cross that was born on Jenniges farm near Starbuck. While the average calf weighs 70 pounds at birth, this calf had a full-term birthweight of only 22 pounds.

Marie named her Daisy.

Daisy is being bottle fed several times a day and plays with Maria's kitten. Maria said Daisy likes to get out of her hutch and kick up her heels.

A recent article in the "Irish Examiner" reports on a Belted Galloway calf that was born weighing just 12 pounds.

The smallest calf ever born is believed to be a Holstein heifer weighing only nine pounds that was born on Dec. 25, 1993 in Hutchinson, Minn. That calf was born two weeks premature and only survived five weeks.

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