Windbreaks and Calving Lot 2/20/2014

Calves born: 1

Today we hoped to bring in the cows and sort heavies off, but it was very windy. Sustained winds at 25-30 gusting to 55. Cattle don’t seem to work very well in the wind so we decided to wait until tomorrow.

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It’s hard to photograph wind.

On our ranch, we are lucky that our calving lot provides protection from all cardinal directions from the wind through tree rows.

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Cows and calves can survive cold temperatures if they are kept out of the wind. Today wasn’t very cold, about 35 degrees, but tree rows make a world of a difference in the middle of a blizzard. To learn more about wind protection and calving, the following sites are helpful:

Angus Journal, Calving in the Cold
Angus Journal article with portable cattle shelter plans

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This is the one calf that was born today out of the wind thanks to our trees.

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