New Calves 2015
Calves aren’t always born in ideal conditions but we strive to reduce the stress the best we can. We grind poor quality round bales and blow them out on the snow covered ground to provide a place to get off of the snow. When there is snow on the ground during extreme cold, or there is a cold rain with sleet and snow mixed in, calving pastures are checked regularly day and night to make sure we find calves born and provide them with a bale of straw to lay on in order to get them off the ground and help them stay warm. Of course an attentive mother is necessary as well to clean the calf off and encourage it to get up on its feet to nurse.
New Calves 2013
Both visual tags and the electronic identification tags (EID), the little yellow ‘buttons’ that you see in their ear that is the size of a quarter are used. Steers are tagged in the right (your left as you look at them head on) and the heifers in the left (your right as you look at them head on). The calf lying down without a tag was a few hours old. Staff check calving pastures twice per day but generally only tag once per day.
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