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Upper midwest blizzard

Discussion in 'Everything Else Cattle' started by jhm47, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Apr 14, 2018
    jhm47

    jhm47 True BYH Addict

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    I live in South Dakota, and we have had an April 2 day blizzard, with up to 20" of snow, 40 - 60 mph winds, and in some places, ice on everything. The loss of calves, lambs and other livestock has been terrible. Personally, I've lost 4 calves since yesterday. We happen to live in an area where there has been little to no snow, but the cold NE wind has caused the cows to "bunch up" in areas out of the wind. These cows then call their calves, which tend to lie down near their mothers, and then are either trampled or laid on and killed. Also, when a cow has a newborn in this wind, the little one tends to want to lie down and let the cow lick it off. They don't get busy and find the teats like they normally do, and they often just give up. They appear to be normal, but after a couple days, they starve to death. Then, the cow (which has not been nursed) will often retain her placenta. This is caused by the calf not nursing (when calves nurse, the cow will produce a hormone called oxytocin, which causes the cow to let down her milk, and also causes the uterus to contract). Many complications from weather like this. I used to calve in late Feb or early Mar, but quit that because of the unpredictable weather here. Now, it's mid April, and this happens! Next year, I'm calving in August, but I'll bet the weather will screw me then too! Sorry about the rant!
     
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  2. Apr 14, 2018
    promiseacres

    promiseacres Herd Master

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    :hit so sorry.
     
  3. Apr 14, 2018
    greybeard

    greybeard Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Dang..that sounds awful.
    It's always something with cows, it seems..
     
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  4. Apr 15, 2018
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Sorry man... It has been one weird spring weather wise.
     
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  5. Apr 16, 2018
    RollingAcres

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    Oh man! So sorry to hear! :(
     
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  6. Apr 16, 2018
    Wehner Homestead

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    Yikes! The weather has cause all kinds of complications with Calving and breeding this year!
     
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  7. Apr 16, 2018
    WildRoseBeef

    WildRoseBeef Range nerd & bovine enthusiast

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    Here in Alberta there's an expected big April snow-storm coming in the next couple days, expected 6 to 10" of snow in some areas... and there's producers out there with already calved out cows, or are just starting to calve too...

    Talked to a farmer already today who's got a few inches of snow on the ground, and more coming in...
     
  8. Apr 16, 2018
    RollingAcres

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    So far in upstate NY, Spring still can't make up it's mind yet, either to come go to not come. Just when we thought it's starting to warm up, then the temperature changed and now we have freezing rain.
     
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  9. Apr 18, 2018
    WyndSyrin

    WyndSyrin Overrun with beasties

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    We got about 4 inches of Snow on Easter and the day after. We had to bring one calf in over night on easter and warm it up since it was only a day old and it was colder than a well-digger's arse. Sadly due to the same snow we lost a calf.
     
  10. Apr 19, 2018
    RollingAcres

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