Calving season is usually about 90 days. The cows are bred so that they calves start to come in the first week of March. Usually, the planning is done such. However, it is always a challenge when the calving season comes around as there are bulks of mother cows that are waiting to deliver. The vet clinics definitely need to have space on any ranch that has calving season needs help with a considerable number at the same time.
Our modern lives, especially urban ones, might be built around trophy giving principles were only carrots are handed out and not the stick; however, the reality is that life is not easy and you need to be up for the challenges and the complex situations that are thrown your way. There is no better way to get a dose of reality than to lead a ranch life. In this particular situation, for instance, a cow that might push too hard, thinking it is in labor, might end up being in prolapsed and needs to get stitches. Other cows can suffer a difficult delivery phase. They need to be driven over to the emergency section of a vet clinic. Of course, experienced ranch hands can make the deliveries themselves. There are difficulties faced in many cases where the cow might not survive or the calf dies in the delivery process.
Nowadays, most vets are experienced to help in the delivery process of cows. Hence, even though many calves make the delivery process difficult as they tilt the head and make contractions difficult, vets can help to position the head right and get the delivery done successfully without hurting the mother or the calf. That is often not the case always. In certain cases, the calf survives and not the mother. In such a case the calves are bottle fed and brought up by the ranch owners. Hence, in the weeks, when deliveries are made, the ranch owners and their hands have a busy time. Indeed, having deliveries one after another and with different incidents can make it hectic and difficult for the ranch owners at calving season. Indeed, the ranch owners usually do not count their losses, but the blessings they receive. Hence, at the end of the calving season, most owners are happy to see the healthy calves and the recovering mothers.
The work does not end there as the calves need to be reared right as well as the mothers kept in good health. All that requires work till they can be successfully sold in the market.