25+ Things To Put On Your Calving Check List

Author: Kristy

Here are the must-haves for a successful calving season: 



  • Ear tags
  • Markers
  • Tagger (and a spare)
  • Calving book for record-keeping
  • A list for when everything is due and what they are bred to
  • The veterinarian’s number on speed dial
  • Milk tuber
  • Pitcher to milk the cow with
  • Calf boost
  • Syringe
  • Scour pills
  • Bolus gun
  • Duct tape or ear muffs of some sort to pin ears down on cold nights
  • Sled with ropes to pull calves out of the snow and to the barn
  • Calf catch
  • Scale and sling for weighing the calf
  • Calf puller and chains
  • Lasso
  • Halter
  • Plastic gloves
  • Milk replacer
  • A sedative of sorts for the occasional surly cow that needs milking out
  • A list of potential culls based on poor udders, bad dispositions, tough calving, old age, etc.
  • Sorting sticks
  • Square bales for bedding and feed when the pairs are in the barn
  • Coveralls, gloves, hats, boots, long johns, wool socks, etc.
  • A hot box, heater or place in the basement bath tub for cold calves
  • Clean towels
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