LAYTON JOHNSON, AGE 16
As the sun goes down there are more chores
to do during calving season. These two leppy
calves are happy to get their supper.
getting sick. If there is a problem
with them not being cared for by
their mother, you have to bring
the pair in and put them in a small
pen to force the mama to care for
her calf. If this doesn’t eventually
work, or if she doesn’t have milk,
then you need to bottle feed the
calf. Sometimes a heifer dies and
leaves the calf alone, or there are
twins and the cow or heifer only
takes one of them. If that happens,
you will have a bottle calf, which is
called a leppy, to feed.
If a heifer has a calf that dies,
and there is a leppy available, you
can graft it onto her. To trick the
heifer into thinking it is her calf,
you take a part of the hide from
her own calf and tie it on the leppy
calf. The hide will have the smell
of her own calf then and she will
like it. After a few days if the cow
likes the leppy calf and it is eating
well, you can take the hide off, but
leave them alone in a small pen
together. A few more days and they
can go out in the fi eld as a pair.
Calving heifers is a lot of fun, I
hope that you learned some new
things about how much work it
is to help heifers, and what signs
to look for when they are calving.
The heifer and her calf should be
happy and healthy and running
around the fi eld together.
SUMMER 2018 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I 7