grubbie wrote:Our cows calve in weather like that every year, outdoors with no protection but sagebrush. The only time we interfere at all is if they get chilled down so quick they cant get up and suck. Usually it is cold temps plus wind that does this. If the calf gets up and sucks within the first hour, we don't worry about them any more after that. I can think of once in the last five years we had to bring a calf in to warm up, and that was cause mama went down and couldnt get back up.
Victoria wrote:-18C when damp and windy is much worse than if it is dry. Really it isn't too bad though, -40 is when things get interesting. Our cows calve outside they do have trees or sheds depending on which area they are in. The most important thing is LOTS of bedding. You need to keep the calf off of the frozen ground. When the calf is born make sure it is up and has a drink. It's even more important this happens quickly on a cold day. If the calf is cold warm them up - we have either put them in the truck with us for a bit or if they are really cold then we bring them to the house and they get a nap in the kitchen for awhile.
When we are concerned about ears we use one of these cozy caps. They work really well unless the cow licks them and moves them which then makes for a blind calf. All depends on the cow.
tncattle wrote:I know it gets much colder in many of y'all's neck of the woods. Anyway, got a friend who has nine more cows due to calve anytime. We are supposed to have some near 0 temps in the next few days, anything he can or should do to help the chances of survival for the calves? Or will mama simply know best and just let her do her job?
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