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By Drew Lawson
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Calving during sudden snow

Keeping newborn calves alive in the elements


Last updated 4/6/2023 at 9:51am

Drew Lawson | The Record-Times

Cattle feed out of a trough at a ranch operated by Spokane Hutterite Brotherhood Livestock on Wood Road northeast of Reardan. The Gross family was one of many area ranchers scrambling to protect calves during a sudden snowstorm Sunday, April 2.

DAVENPORT - While a sudden blizzard of snow in parts of eastern Lincoln County Sunday and Monday forced most citizens to take cover indoors, area ranchers were forced to take the opposite approach: heading outside to make sure their calves and cattle were safe.

After all, it is calving season for many, and making sure newborn calves without survival skills stayed alive was top of mind for ranchers.

Washington State University Livestock Extension Specialist Don Llewellyn said getting calves out of the wind and water is critical for survival.

"In the first week of life, a calf is really s...

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