Farm Report: Baby Calf Survives the Elements

April 6, 2009 07:00 PM

Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

Larry Moffett woke early this morning with a feeling that he needed to get up and moving. The cattleman raises prize winning Polled Herefords near Decatur, Ill.

A spring snow storm carpeted central Illinois with an inch of snow over night and it was tempting to snuggle in rather than meet the dawn, but Moffett heeded his instincts. Good thing--when he got to the barns he found a newborn calf lay mired in mud near a creek and a wily coyote closing in for the kill.

Farm Journal editor Pam Smith found Moffett trying to raise the baby bull's body temperature. A feeding tube and some colostrum were already working their magic and the prognosis for a full recovery is good.

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