Calving season is upon us. Stock your kit correctly to make the season brighter.
10. An extra set of coveralls and dry boots
Warm and dry is good. Cold and damp makes an unhappy rancher
9. Colostrum replacement
For those calves that didn't get off to the best start
8. An esophageal feeder
Have it with you, have it clean and dry, and know how to use it.
Learn how to use an esophageal feeder with this video
7. Ear tags
What better time to tag than Day 1?
6. Something to write down records on.
A notebook, blank note cards, an app on your phone, a piece of week-old
mail -- whatever it takes to make sure records are kept on each animal
Lots of lube
4. OB Sleeves
Have an abundant supply on hand
3. Calf chains or calf straps
2. Handles to go with your chains and straps
Teamwork makes the dream work. Get all your components together before you head out.
1. A good relationship with your veterinarian, and their phone number
Tough calving situation? If you call your veterinarian late on Friday during their kid's basketball game, studies suggest he or she will be more
Source: Beef Cattle Institute, Kansas State University