Cold Calf

Story and pictures by Marilyn Wood

Marilyn Wood is a cattle woman who lives in Cedar City, Utah. She regularly posts fun and often moving stories of life on the range, keeping friends and followers alike engaged and entertained.

Most everyone who knows about cows understands the downsides of calving season, especially when winter lingers past its appointed time–darn groundhog. Here, Marilyn shares a sweet tale of rescue, revival, and a return to life for February’s Cold Calf.

Another success! I didn’t post this one because I wouldn’t have given you 2 cents for this calf yesterday. He was frozen stiff and acted like every breath was his last.

I warmed towels to keep him warm. The thing that concerned me the most was a lot of blood was coming out of his mouth. (Very unusual) After working with him several hours we propped him up.

(A more natural way) We went back out to check the cows again and when we returned he was holding up his head.

We thought he was well enough to give him electrolytes and while feeding him and looking at his mouth we noticed his teeth were broken and a scratch on his nose. The mom had him on top of a railroad tie and he must have fallen on his head. (Poor little guy) Anyway we found his mom and got them together! Hooray #HAPPYRANCHERS

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1 thought on “Cold Calf

  1. Buffalo and antelope calf in May and June.
    So do others, elk, deer etc..

    Anyway buffalo and antelope are from and evolved in North America.

    Been more and more folks that dial the cows in to calf in May June.
    It’s less work to work With Mother Nature vs the alternatives.

    Granted things to a degree may depend on your range permits etc..

    Also it takes a lot Less cow feed to short wean those May June calves in Sept thru bout 1st week of Oct.
    Then the cows can pretty much winter on rocks and scenery.
    Just sayin.

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