Calving

Calving In Winter

Feb 26, 2019
stiina

Snow and bitterly cold temperatures have their icy grip on Montana, making for sleepless nights and extra worry for ranchers in the midst of calving.

This subzero weather put stress on the cow, the calf and the rancher. Just ask Wanda Pinnow.  

She and her husband Craig have a cow/calf operation, Brackett Butte Ranch a third generation ranch, near Baker. Temperatures Sunday night were expected to dip to -14 degrees with a wind chill of -30 degrees to -40 degrees.

That meant checking on their cows every 90 minutes—the makings of a very long night.

Field Days: Losing A Calf

Mar 12, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill loses his first calf of the season.

  

Field Days: Calving Begins

Mar 5, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, calving begins at Mountain View Ranch.  


Field Days: Preparing The Barn For Calving

Feb 26, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill cleans up his barn in preparation for calving.


Field Days: Branding

Jun 12, 2017
Courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, with his crop finally in the ground, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small gets ready to brand his cattle.


Courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small finds that being forced to turn his calving heifers out last winter has resulted in fewer calves than he anticipated. He discusses his dilemma and the plans he has to make sure the same thing doesn't happen next year.