October 8, 2021 - 1:32pm -- gelley.2@osu.edu

Cow Name: Belle

Inspiration- Belle Valley, Ohio.

Calf Name: Charlie

Inspiration- Charles Boyles- Initial Farm Manager of the Eastern Ohio Research and Development Center.

Belle is a bovine simulator cow crafted by hand to be as close to a real cow as possible. Specially designed to mimic a full-sized pregnant Hereford cow, she comes with a fifty-pound calf replica, now named Charlie, that can be inserted into an internal uterine bag in various positions to model common and difficult calf presentation during labor and delivery. Along with a functional birth canal, Belle also has a functioning udder, a set of vaginal, ovarian, uterine, embryotic, and fetal models, and calf assistance tools to help teach good cattle handling, palpation, artificial insemination, and dystocia assistance.

Come meet Belle and Charlie on Thursday, October 28 at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station during the Noble County Calving Clinic!

Join OSU Extension for an evening of education on preparing for calving season. Class participants will have the opportunity to pull a calf from the simulator cow while learning about common calving challenges and solutions. Speakers will include OSU Extension Beef Cattle Field Specialist - Garth Ruff, Noble County ANR Educator - Christine Gelley, and the Eastern Agricultural Research Station staff led by Station Manager - Wayne Shriver.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. RSVPs are required and are due October 21 by calling 740-732-5681. The event is free to attend and includes a roast beef dinner. Seating is limited, so call in ASAP!

Thank you to everyone who submitted name ideas and voted to name these exciting teaching tools! We look forward to many years of education to come with their help.

Wayne pulling a backwards calf.