Calving season has begun on the Blomme Farm! The combination of new life and the abnormally warm weather we are having makes it feel like spring is right around the corner. The picture above shows the first two calves of the season which were born three days ago.
This little red head, pictured above, was the first one born. These calves needed a little help getting started nursing but seem to be doing well on their own now. If all goes well, by the time spring is over we should have about 135 baby calves running around.
Calving season means long days and nights for farmers as the heifers and cows need to be checked on frequently to make sure everything is going smoothly. Occasionally, we’ll have to help a heifer or cow and pull the calf. It is also critical that they start successfully nursing right away. Sometimes we have to intervene and help them learn how to nurse. If a calf is not able to nurse for whatever reason, then we will bottle feed that calf.
The girls were very excited to go see the new calves tonight. I love catching sweet moments like this one with Papa.
Our heifers and cows will calve in our barns so that they are easier to monitor and take care of. Later in the spring, once the pastures green up, we will transfer the cow/calf pairs to the pastures where they will really enjoy the open space and fresh air. At about four to five months of age, the calves will be weaned from their mothers and brought into the feedlot.
More to come on the progress of calving season. Thanks for reading!