October 29, 2021 - 4:32pm -- gelley.2@osu.edu

After almost a year of anticipation, Noble County OSU Extension hosted our first calving clinic featuring Belle the simulator cow and Charlie the simulator calf at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station on October 28. Twenty-five local cattle producers attended the evening event to learn hands-on about common calving difficulties, solutions and tools, animal handling, calving aid, and the significance of having good handling facilities on farm.

The evening started off with a roast beef dinner and homemade pie prepared by Patty’s Place.  While attendees enjoyed their meal, ANR Educator- Christine Gelley gave a presentation on dystocia concerns, assistance, and recovery. This was followed by a cattle maternity facilities tour and calving discussion with Station Manager- Wayne Shriver and OSU Extension Beef Cattle Field Specialist- Garth Ruff. Every person who attended the program was given the opportunity to pull an abnormally positioned calf from the simulator cow. Direction and assistance through each birthing simulation were given by Research Station Staff- Kevin Stottsberry and Dalton Huhn. Calving demonstrations also including the use of OB chains, a head snare, and a calf jack.

Throughout the program, farmer safety and appropriate animal handling remained center themed. Being prepared in advance for difficult birthing situations can reduce stress, strain, and fatigue of the farmer and their animals during calving season. Knowing the steps of assessing when to help, how to help, and when to rely on a veterinarian’s expertise can increase the viability of calves, increase the longevity of cows in the herd, and financially benefit a farm’s legacy.

Noble County OSU Extension looks forward to offering more calving clinics and related beef programming to our community in the coming months and years. Inquiries about future event opportunities can be directed to Christine Gelley at gelley.2@osu.edu or 740-732-5681.

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