Stock Split depicts vulnerability of both the mother and calf. The cow, branded and with clipped horns is complacent, submitting to its fate. Unlike seeing a wild animal birthing, the cow is domestic, its pregnancy scheduled by the rancher. The golden calf represents profit, both of monetary gain and the Biblical false idol. The calf's sex, therefore its future is yet unknown to us; either way it is a moment of prosperity, of the investment in livestock doubling its worth. The religious reference heeds a warning to be skeptical of believing in things of our own making. Playing God over our resources, isolating them for efficiency and economy makes them vulnerable indeed.