Spring has sprung and for ranchers and farmers, that means calving season is on its way. No matter what size operation you run, no matter what livestock you raise, planning ahead for the season is critical.
The best-laid plans sometimes go awry, so meticulous preparation is the key. Your hard work now is sure to save you time, money, and perhaps even animal’s lives once calving season arrives Toronto.
Nelson Manufacturing wishes you a prosperous and healthy calving season. Following please find our recommendations and tips for making this season your most successful yet.
- Inspect and, if needed, repair your working areas and stalls. Make sure your calving spaces are clean, secure, and properly lit. As backup, install fresh batteries in your flashlights. As the date approaches, stock the areas with plenty of fresh food for your animals.
- Review the gestation periods for your specific livestock. You can find a quick guide from the Farmer’s Almanac. Knowing this information will prevent any births from catching you by surprise.
- Continue to provide the highest quality food to your pregnant livestock. While good nutrition is important throughout the gestation period, it’s especially critical toward the end of the pregnancy. Make certain your livestock have easy access to clean food and water at all times. Nelson Manufacturing’s automatic livestock waterers and horse waterers guarantee your animals will always have fresh water.
- Find a veterinarian you can trust. Keep your vet advised of your birthing schedule and make sure he or she will be available when needed.
- Schedule extra hands if you’ll need them. Keep your workers in the loop so they’ll be on call to help you.
- Stock up on supplies. Make sure you have plenty of buckets, gloves, roll cotton or paper towels, scoops, squeeze bottles, and disinfectant. You won’t have time to run out and buy something you forgot once calving begins in earnest. As Santa would have it, “Make a list and check it twice.”
- Prepare ahead for emergencies. Not every birth will be easy. Stock up on oxycontin, betadine, epinephrine, and other recommended medicines. If you’ve never experienced a high-risk pregnancy or breech birth, ask your vet for information about how to properly administer medications.
- Consider feeding your livestock in the evening. Research has shown if you feed your animals in the late afternoon or evening you can actually reduce the chances of nighttime births. Make it easier on yourself. Try to avoid nighttime calving.
- Purchase enough ear tags to properly identify your newborn livestock.
We hope you’ve found our suggestions helpful. Please log in and share tips and techniques you’d recommend for other livestock owners.