Calving season: be prepared with tools of the trade

The adage about having the right tool for the right job is good advice for calving season. Given that monitoring calving can require long and tiring hours, having the tools at hand can save stress for people and animals. Cody Creelman of Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie, Alta., says there isn’t much that surprises experienced […] Read more

Sask. farm has quad calves

Quadruplet calves are doing well on the Lamport family farm near Alida, Sask. When Calvin Lamport, son Layne and daughter Kayla delivered three calves from a five-year-old Charolais-cross cow on March 4, they were happy with the result. The cow had twins in each of the previous two years, so triplets were considered a bonus. […] Read more

Proper cow nutrition means healthier calves

A study found that cows did well when they were given higher than the recommended amounts of trace minerals

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Pregnant women are often advised to take pre-natal vitamins to have a healthy baby. That advice also applies to beef cattle, said beef extension researchers said at an education session held during the recent National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s convention held in San Diego. Cows need zinc, cobalt, manganese and copper during […] Read more

Calving difficulties lead to risks for newborns

Calving season is a critical time on cow-calf operations. Producing and weaning live calves is an important component of cow-calf profitability, and problems that occur at this time of year can have significant consequences. The birthing period and the first few days of life have been shown to be the most hazardous time for calves. […] Read more

Calving timing critical: vet

First 21 days optimal | Front-loading breeding season yields heavier cows, healthier calves

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Front-loading the breeding season should result in heavier calves and healthier cows, says Dr. John Campbell of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. He told producers at the recent Foraging into the Future conference that they should target a 95 percent overall pregnancy rate with 65 percent of the females bred […] Read more