Today's post will focus on vaccinating your calves. Stay posted for our next post on weaning your calves. As I am typing, we are just a week away from Christmas and winter has arrived on the Wood Farm. Normally, having lots of snow in mid-December is nothing out of the ordinary in our neck of the woods. This winter, though, our farm underwent a winter wonderland on … [Read more...] about Vaccinating your Calves
Cow Pregnancy Blood Testing
Before we knew it, THAT time was upon us again. Our 60-day breeding season had come and gone in the blink of an eye and it was time for us to answer the question that had been looming over our heads all summer - are they pregnant?! They, of course, being our 20 cows. We leased a red Angus bull (known for calving ease calves) for our breeding … [Read more...] about Cow Pregnancy Blood Testing
Snow as a Winter Cattle Water Source
It's gotten to the point where I can almost predict the reaction from folks when I tell them we don't water our cows in the winter time. "You what?" "No water - just snow?" "Really?" "Boy, you're tough on your cows!" "How does that work?" It makes me smile every time, but I tell them that despite their concerns, studies have shown that non-lactating cows can get by just … [Read more...] about Snow as a Winter Cattle Water Source
10 Pregnant Heifers and One Long Snowy Winter
In a previous post, we discussed pregnancy checking our 10 heifers and discovering that we were 10 for 10. All 10 of our heifers were pregnant. At that time we were in mid-November and winter was getting a slow start in northern Maine. I mean a real slow start: We were still grazing! No winter hay had been consumed on our … [Read more...] about 10 Pregnant Heifers and One Long Snowy Winter
Pregnancy Check: Is That Heifer Really Pregnant?
Our last few posts have been bouncing back and forth between our current calving season and our breeding season last summer. Today, we bridge that gap a bit with a post on what we like to call "Is that Heifer Really Pregnant? - aka Pregnancy Checks." Check out our past Breeding and Calving posts below: Cattle Breeding Series - An Introduction Deciding your … [Read more...] about Pregnancy Check: Is That Heifer Really Pregnant?