Top 20 Things You Need For Calving Season

Feb 05, 2020

Beef calf being licked by the cow in a field
People have different preferences to the way they do things when it comes to managing their livestock. Some things though are a must for everyone. If you have short breeding and calving seasons, it’s been at least 9 months since last years calving and your focus has been on other tasks. But some calves can arrive early and that’s no time to be searching for that box of OB gloves you bought last year or scrambling to move machinery you stored in the calving barn last fall. Act early to make sure you have what you need and that it’s in good working order. So, here is a list of the top 20 things every rancher needs for calving.
1.    Needles - Syringes
2.    Ear tags - tagger
3.    Calving books
4.    Bolus guns – scour tablets
5.    Injectable vitamins - vaccines
6.    Flashlight that works
7.    Oxytocin
8.    OB gloves - Lube
9.    Calf puller
10. Towels - rags
11. Feeding tube
12. Colostrum - Electrolytes
13. Milk replacer
14. Toolbox to carry supplies
15. Milk bottles - Nipples
16. Bedding – straw or shavings
17. Suction bulb
18. Iodine/Chlorhexadine
19. Elastrator - Bands
This is only a partial list, but at least it will make you start thinking about what else you may want/need for your operation.

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