It looks like we will have some winter calves again! This last year we dealt with the winter calves by bringing the expectant mommas inside and then keeping them and the babies in for awhile. I’m wondering- how long after birth can the mommas and babies be turned back out with the group? Into the Maine winter that is. They would still have access to a three sided shelter.
As soon as the calf is dry and knows how to get a full tummy I let them out. I watch to make sure the calf finds the bedding pack instead of just plopping down in a snowbank.
If a storm is coming in and temperatures are supposed to drop the calves usually get brought into the barn to hang out until it's over with but otherwise they're out with the herd with the three sided shelter and fluffy straw to sleep in.
Post by jerseyrose on Jul 12, 2019 13:27:34 GMT -5
I don't envy you! If the calves are healthy and eating well and mommas are attentive, as long as you have good shelter for them ( if they use it) I would let them out once they are well bonded and doing well. I tend to be a little over protective and err on the side of caution myself.
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Post by Meadow Creek Mama on Jul 12, 2019 17:14:35 GMT -5
I only kept my tiny Jersey calves in the barn for a couple of days, but I use a calf blanket at night or if really cold, during the day too.
A friend of mine got advice from an "old-timer who really knows Jerseys" for her newborn calf when born on a -12* January day...."don't you spoil that calf! Leave her alone, she'll be fine." She lost half of both ears to frostbite.
You just have to use some common sense. But calf jackets are awesome :)
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I use ear muffs for winter calving and calf coats , I had 1 born in below 0 one time ,January and I used my hat to try to keep his ears covered , but it kept being removed , Crispy did loose the edges of his ears and that is how he got his name , and then I got calf ear muffs , for winter Suzanne www.sullivansupply.com/product/ss-calf-ear-muffs/
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Use a calf coat. Parts Dept sells a nice waterproof coat, Jersey and Holstein sizes. An article I read said that at any temp below 50 degrees, young calves put more energy towards keeping warm and benefit from a coat.
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It's just bloody cold here in January. I don't envy you and understand the concern If you've got them inside out of the wind and with a good bedding pack or hay, I wouldn't worry beyond adding the coat. Then play it by ear and the weather. A sunny day in the snow isn't bad, but wind and deep cold would be good reason to bring them back in. Just for peace of mind. The calf has plenty of time to toughen up. You'll sleep better knowing they're inside on a rough weather day
Some newborns are smarter than others. I'd keep them in until you notice the calf is acting sensibly. I've had dummie calves lay in the broiling sun when shade is a few steps away and not start figuring out things like that until they are 10 days old and others that seem to have pretty good instincts the day they are born. 3 days seems like the best place to start before factoring in the calve's condition and weather maybe adding a few days for anything outside of normal in birth condition or weather. Winter is so nice here in the South for calving so I can't say anything with authority, other than it's a better season than Summer for calving.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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