Calving Tool Kit

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Fall calves are already starting to drop in some herds, which means that if you haven’t prepared your calving supplies yet, there’s no better time to do it than now.

Every calving kit is different, but they should all include one very important thing: your veterinarian’s number. Whether it’s programmed into your cell phone, or you have their business card taped somewhere you can easily access, you should never have to scramble to find your veterinarian’s phone number. Make sure that there is an active relationship with this veterinarian, as it is unfair and sometimes not well received to contact one that you haven’t previously worked with a late-night emergency.

Some other items to keep handy include:

  • Rope halter. This will allow for easy restraint of any animals experiencing dystocia, making it safer for you to assist.
  • OB Sleeves (long plastic gloves). These should be worn when assessing the stage of or assisting with calving, to protect both yourself and the animal.
  • Disinfectant, such as an iodine solution. This should be used when assisting, and to dip the calf’s navel after birth. Once again, cleanliness is key to preventing infection in the cow or calf.
  • Clean rags, towels, or paper towels
  • Plenty of veterinary OB lubricant
  • OB chains, if you are comfortable using them. Never do anything during calving that you are not sure of, as it could injure the cow, calf, or you.
  • Scissors if needed to cut the navel cord
  • Ear tags and tag applicator to tag calves for record-keeping purposes
  • Flashlight to check and assist cows after dark
  • Toolbox or Tackle Box to keep all supplies together

Questions about calving, or anything cattle-related? Call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Stokes County at 336-593-8179.