Calving season is a magical time on the farm. It's a celebration of new life, a chance to witness the miracle of birth unfold. Healthy calves are the future of your ranch, and ensuring their safe arrival is paramount. From prepping your calving space to assembling your calving cavalry and stocking up on essential supplies, we'll cover everything you need to know to ensure a smooth and successful calving season.


1. Gear Up for Glory

  • Cleanliness is Key: Set up a designated calving pen that's well-lit, clean, and spacious. This should be your cow maternity ward, complete with plenty of fresh bedding.
  • Confine with Care: Install a calving chute and headgate to safely restrain the cow during calving checks and, if necessary, to assist with birthing.
  • Banish the Nighttime Fumbles: Ensure your calving space has bright lighting to avoid flashlight fumbling during those late-night deliveries.

2. Assemble Your Calving Cavalry

  • Dial-a-Vet: Program your veterinarian's number into your phone and keep it readily accessible. Their expertise could be a lifesaver during calving complications.
  • The Night Shift Shuffle: Plan calving checks and overnight shifts well in advance. Create a rotating schedule to avoid burnout and ensure every mama cow receives the attention they deserve.
  • Backup Brigade: Recruit a reliable neighbour, or family member to be your on-call calving assistant. There's comfort and safety in knowing you have extra hands available for unexpected situations.

3. Stock Up On Essential Supplies

  • Medical Must-Haves: Stock up on essential medications like antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and electrolytes to address any potential health concerns with the mama cow or newborn calf.
  • Newborn Needs: Don't forget powdered colostrum, a vital source of antibodies for the newborn calf. A heater can also be a lifesaver for keeping those chilly newborns warm and comfortable.
  • Warm and Weatherproof: Invest in warm, durable clothing you don't mind getting dirty. Calving season is no time for fashion statements; practicality reigns supreme.
  • The Ultimate Calving Kit: Assemble a portable calving kit packed with all the essentials you might need during the birthing process. This should include gloves, disinfectants, lubricants, calving chains and jack/puller, a flashlight, feeding tools (tube feeder and calf bottle), and a calving record book for documenting important details.

Calving season may bring its challenges, but with careful planning and a positive attitude, you can turn it into a rewarding and successful time for your farm. Remember, the healthy arrival of those bouncing calves is a testament to your hard work and dedication.

Post By Kalia