Cold Temperatures Make for Rougher Calving Season
Calving season is at its peak for many in central Nebraska.
Temperatures have dipped into the single digits or lower many nights in the last week alone, which can mean life or death for newborn calves, making it especially important for producers to keep a close eye on their cattle.
When temperatures drop so low, many opt for birthing indoors, to keep complications due to cold from occurring.
"Every couple of hours you have to check them or more often, just make sure there's not a new calf out there," said area farmer/cattleman Adam Clausen.
Many keep their calves indoors initially so that their ears don't freeze off. They may also tape down the newborn's ears or put scarves on them to help keep ears from freezing.
But the brutal weather hasn't just been hard on the calves, it gets hard on the farmers as well.
During calving season they're out in the elements for long periods of time, not only make sure the calves don't get too cold, but to also help with delivery if needed, make sure the calf is cleaned off well enough, and to ensure the calf is up and suckling quickly.