One thing leads to another

One thing leads to another

One thing leads to another The lifetime event of perinatal nutrition By Kylee Kohls There’s a cause and a consequence for everything. You can see it in cow herds just before and after calving, says Allison Meyer, animal scientist at the University of Missouri.    The...

It’s all good

I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. With heifers due on pasture leases the first of May, we couldn’t wait too long for synchronized artificial...

First impressions

A baby calf nursing for the first time…..if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful. There’s a quote from a North Carolina Angus breeder Joe Hampton that sticks in my mind: “There’s nothing better than calving. If seeing a baby calf get up and nurse...

Spring

The season of hope, when new calves arrive; When temperatures warm up and nature thrives; When sleep eludes, yet energy abounds; Everywhere, the miracle of life can be found. Calving season starts suddenly one day, Then wraps up quietly, before you’re onto the next...

Getting ahead of chills

A month ago, I saw the February calving date approaching and thought about all the times I’d seen heifers decide on just the wrong place for the wind and weather, despite ample shelter. I always tried to right the wrong and at least once each year I brought a chilled...