C heifer. Once a heifer has had a calf,
she becomes a cow, and she can be
on her own the next year.
There are signs to look for to
know when a heifer is getting ready
to calve. She will start to get a big
bag of milk a few days before she
is due. When it is time for her to
calve, she will start walking around
and fi nd a spot by herself. Next
she will hold her tail in a funny
position and then her water bag
will pop out. Once she pops her
water bag, you have to watch her
carefully because the calf has to be
born in the next hour or it can die.
Sometimes the heifer has troubles
or the calf is too big or it is backwards
and they can’t push it out.
If that happens, she needs help
and we have to pull the calf out
in time. This is why it is important
to check the heifers about every 2
hours through the entire season.
Once the calves are born, they
need to be happy and healthy. So
you have to make sure their mother
is feeding and taking care of them
properly, and that they aren’t
enjoy, but it is also a very busy and
sometimes stressful time. Cows usually
have calves easily on their own,
but heifers have to be watched all
the time. A heifer is one that has
never had a calf; it is their fi rst time
and they sometimes need help
with calving. The fi rst time they are
pregnant, they are called a fi rst calf
alving heifers is a fun season
because you get to see
cute baby calves running
around under the sunshine
on top of the glistening
snow. Sometimes their mamas get
annoyed from chasing them everywhere
to watch out for them.
Calving season is always a time to
The calves were separated from their
mommas to get vaccinated and this
little one was being lazy and sweet.
MattieRose loves any chance she gets
to play and snuggle with the babies.
LAYTON JOHNSON, AGE 16
This heifer and
her calf are
MATTIEROSE JOHNSON, AGE 11 NEVADA
6 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2018