If you’re anything like me, the day the first calf hits the ground is almost better than Christmas morning! At that moment you know it is the beginning of something new. Luckily this year all it took is one of us to go out of town and within a few days we had 6 new baby calves! Long days followed by late nights watching and helping your animals in any way needed. Your goal = healthy moms and healthy newborns.
Whether birthing season is just beginning, already finished, or yet to start on your farm, we find it necessary to remind people of the most important thing, safety. No matter the species or the breed, giving birth can be a difficult time for some animals. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe:
- The hormones of a new mother are running wild, this is when animals can be the most unpredictable so be on your toes if you need to get close.
- Whether you’re calving, lambing, foaling, or farrowing we recommend that you keep the kids away! This is not a time for kids to be in the barn or pasture.
- Get enough sleep. This time of year can be stressful and full of late night trips to the barn so make sure you are not operating on a low battery and getting the sleep your body needs.