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When a calf is suckling, the ingested material
is shunted directly into the abomasum, which facilitates absorption of the antibodies

What you need to know about colostrum for beef calves

With cattle prices at historic highs, it’s important to get the 2015 calf crop off to a great start and minimize sickness and death. Most cattle producers know that colostrum is important for calves; this article will briefly review background information regarding colostrum, and provide some practical tips. Colostrum is a critical source of antibodies, […] Read more

An aborted calf fetus.

Why is she open?

Not all pregnancy losses are due to infection

After a cow is bred, she should calve about 283 days later. But sometimes the pregnancy is terminated early and when you go hunting for a reason you’ll discover they are many causes for a lost pregnancy. Most of the time when there’s a poor pregnancy rate in a herd we suspect infectious causes like […] Read more

The Ross family on the L-7 Ranch.

Have a restful calving season

The Ross family planned for one

Calving is the year-round focus on Chad and Crystal Ross’s 800-head cow-calf operation, but when calving season actually rolls around it’s the cows’ turn to do the work. The idea of letting cows calve on their own wouldn’t have entered their minds back in 1999 when they set up their place on the Ross L-7 […] Read more

COOL case gets a reboot

Calving is always a time for optimism and this year the outlook is especially good with strong beef demand and prices at record highs. Producers who toughed it out and survived the last decade are finally seeing the prices and market conditions that make it all worthwhile. The current price environment comes as a result […] Read more

It takes a neighbourhood to grow beef

As a former high school athletic director, Myron Pearman knows how far enthusiasm and motivation can take a person. He knows, too, that there have to be a few wins along the way to keep spirits riding high. Wins aren’t always measured by numbers on a scoreboard or trophies in a showcase; they can be […] Read more

The Top 10 list to an easier calving season

The chances of a successful and stress-free calving season are redoubled with planning. One part of the plan is advanced preparation for dealing with things that can go wrong once calving is underway. The other is handling the longer-term pieces of brood cow management that avert many common problems, things like nutrition and vaccination. As […] Read more

The advantages of Calving at Pasture

Most cattle producers cite reduced labour and input costs, milder weather, fewer birth problems and better calf health as the main reasons for choosing to calve at pasture in the spring. Karmen and Jason McNabb calve 400 Hereford/Red Angus-cross cows beginning the third week of April on a 60-acre native pasture in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. The McNabbs […] Read more

Limb problems in newborn calves

Know the proper practices and intervention techniques to avoid injuries to calves

Occasionally a calf is born with crooked legs, lax or contracted tendons or some other abnormality that may need care. Some situations straighten on their own with time and exercise, while others require intervention, and some defects are so severe the calf must be euthanized. In other situations a newborn calf may suffer a fractured […] Read more

Tips for warming cold or frozen newborn calves

Any calf with a temperature below 37.7 C (100 F) needs assistance and warming. There are several ways to safely warm calves, and the methods you choose will generally depend on your facilities

Precautions with Hot Water The quickest way to thaw a frozen calf is with warm water, but if you use this method make sure the water is not too hot. If it’s very much above normal body temperature, it may damage the skin — which is already compromised if it’s been frostbitten. Rapid thaw at […] Read more