Just today I noticed an ad from a major vet supply company encouraging folks to stock up on calf pullers, since calving season is near on many cattle operations in the U.S. It was an interesting reminder that here on our small farm, we haven't had to pull a calf in years. What's calf pulling, why do calves need to be pulled, and how can it be prevented? Let's discuss. What … [Read more...] about Why Do You Need to Pull Calves?
We are nearing the end of May and calving has been in full swing for close to a month. Our first calf hit the ground on April 21st and we have had 11 more calves since - all strong and healthy. Of our 12 calves, we had to pull one 90lb bull calf, and then, provide literally a slight tug of the legs, with our hands, on a heifer calf. The calf likely would have … [Read more...] about 2015 Calving Update