January 23rd, 2023
5 Tips To Prepare for Calving Season
Calving season is nearly upon us, as February and March are the most popular times for cows to give birth. You might feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off as you plan. While it’s a beautiful event, birth is also extremely complicated, and there are so many mitigating factors you must be aware of. That’s why it’s important you know these tips to best prepare for cow birthing season.
Consult Your Vet
The first thing you should do is consult your vet and keep them abreast of everything. Moreover, this will also allow you to review your herd health plan. That way, you can work together to create a plan particular to your farm to mitigate common problems you tend to face.
Ensure Nutritional Needs Are Met
Ensuring your pregnant cows meet their nutritional needs is incredibly important in the weeks leading up to the birthing season. Your cows usually require about a 16-20% increase in crude protein and digestible nutrients to keep up with fetus growth and energy expenditure.
Vaccinating your cows is one of the best tips to prepare for cow birthing season. Often, most farmers don’t realize that reproductive diseases like BVD, trichomoniasis, and leptospirosis can cause fetus loss. Moreover, these diseases can also lead to infertility which can cause prolonged problems for your farm.
Prepare the Facilities
It’s incredibly useful to prepare your calving facilities and ensure your cows are as comfortable as possible. You likely haven’t seen your shed in a while, so look around and note anything that may need repairs. Additionally, ensure your shed is warm, dry, and free of dirt and debris.
Is your old shed looking worse for wear? At Palouse Ranches, we offer custom and portable animal shelters. When you work with us, you will receive a shed that is custom for your farm and will keep your cows and calves safe, happy, and warm.
Know Calving Stages
Every calve must meet developmental steps for their health, so it’s crucial for you to know the calving or parturition stages. Knowing what these stages are will increase your awareness of any abnormal issues with your calves, so you can know when to phone your vet.