Friday April 8,2016
By: Kallie Turner
Calving season is undoubtedly my favorite time of year. It is also one of the most hectic times for a producer, however, the joy of the newborn calves definitely outweigh the difficulties.
Here’s one of the first spring heifer calves born this year:
There are a lot of ways that one can prepare for calving season. Beef Magazine provides several great tips to make your calving season successful. Those are:
- Make a list and check it twice
- Take inventory of forage resources
- Have labor resources lined up
- Plan for the best, prepare for the worst
Some of these tips are more than likely second nature. I find the most applicable tip to be number 4: Plan for the best, prepare for the worst. We all know that things rarely go as planned, so having a backup plan is crucial to any calving season. Have a plan for calving difficulties. Do you have a vet that can take a farm call at 3am if needed? Know where your supplies are and restock if you are running low. Will you have enough forage to last through the season? Some years, our farm hires extra help just to get through calving season. Please visit the link to read more about how to prepare for calving season.