Another calving season is in the books! Over the course of 31 days, our herd added 19 healthy newborn calves!
Monday, May 27 – Sunday, June 2
Monday, May 27th – Wednesday, May 29th – Nothing much to report these days. Checked the cattle, gave out mineral and supplements, and slopped through the mud and rain. Our lone pregnant cow continued to be very pregnant.
Thursday, May 30th – Our calving season is finally complete! I discovered an adorable and newly born calf – calf #19 – during my first check of the morning. The 2019 calving season comes to a close, and we look onward to the 2019 BREEDING SEASON!
This calving season was a good one. We did not have to assist in any births, (we usually have to pull at least one calf) and all 19 of our calves were born strong and healthy, and standing, nursing and walking around well within 1 hour of being born. Calving started on April 30th and ended on May 30th! While there was a week gap from the birth of calf #18 to our last calf – calf #19, we are still pleased with the tight span of births over a 31 day period.
I have said it before and I will say it again –
We cannot stress enough how important bull selection is to your operation. Selecting the right bull should be a top priority (and given very careful consideration to) when planning out your breeding season.
With that being said, be sure to check out our next series on Observations from THE PASTURE: 2019 BREEDING SEASON. This will be the last breeding season for Nebula, our Red Angus bull, and the search will then start for our next herd bull for the 2020 Breeding Season.
Thanks for reading!
Best wishes for a safe and productive rest of spring and start to summer!