Across the country, cattle farmers and ranchers are hard at work.
For some, they are wrapping up a long calving season and sighing a breath of relief as the warm, dry weather settles in.
For others, like here in Northern Maine, winter is holding on until the bitter end (literally) and calving has either just begun or not even started yet.
Here on the Wood Farm, our first calf is not “officially” due for a few weeks; we would not be surprised, though, if some of our girls delivered early, maybe even in the next week. With that being said, we are in full calving prep mode.
The calving bucket has been cleaned up and restocked with all the necessary supplies for handling a newborn calf: iodine to prevent infection in the naval, MultiMin, needles and syringes for that all important vitamin and mineral injection, ear tags and gun, banding gun and bands, hoof measuring tape for weight estimate and a sling scale.
Before we know it, we will be checking the herd every 2-3 hours throughout the calving season, watching for signs of the onset of labor!
Once our calving season is over, we will sit back, relax and watch our new crop of calves frolicking in the field.
We look forward to sharing theWood Far 2015 Calf Lineup in the coming months!
In the meantime, be sure to check out our Calf Lineup from 2014! 🙂