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  • Joined Sep 2015
Calving kits
« on: June 27, 2016, 11:32:44 am »
This happens every year in the sheep section, so I thought I'd ask in here.

What are your staple/must have 'calving kit' items?  :cow: :cow:


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Calving kits
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2016, 02:06:36 pm »
Ropes/calving aid, lube, salt, rota paste, powdered colostrum, stomach tube/bag :thumbsup:

farmers wife

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • SE Wales
Re: Calving kits
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2016, 02:55:20 pm »
above plus iodine, extra long gloves, lubricant.  Depending on the size of yr herd Metacam, long acting ABs, needles and syringes.


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Calving kits
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2016, 06:11:53 pm »
Vets number


  • Joined Jun 2012
Re: Calving kits
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2016, 09:41:02 pm »
Number of your nearest friendly 'real' farmer - we've had really fast help from our neighbours when we've needed them over the years. They get here much quicker than the vet as we're fairly remote...

Other things - a large bundle of old towels to dry off a calf if it's a bit chilled, a sharp penknife to cut off the umbilical cord if it's a bit long. We didn't routinely do this until our friendly farmer lost a calf to an over-enthusiastic dam chewing at a long cord.

A supply of eartags and castration rings - you need to get them early before they can fight back!

An ability to wake up every 3 hours to check on the cows for however long it takes to finish calving, and all the other stuff previously mentioned.



  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Calving kits
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2016, 10:34:44 pm »
Forgot- rope halter always useful if you need to tie her up, decent crush too- makes things so much safer. Heat lamp is useful to have if a calf comes in chilled.



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