This is calving season for many cattle herds and livestock producers are doing their best to deal with the recent snow storm and rainfall.
Gord Weidenhamer farms south of Deloraine and he has 225 cows calving this spring.
“We just started calving right in the heart of that snow storm just over a week ago. It was the worst nightmare you could have. We moved to this time of the year to get away from that bad weather but we always know those storms can pop up and we had to move things into facilities.”
Weidenhamer says he isn’t set up to handle the number of cattle he has anymore with an enclosed facility.
“I said if you were a grain producer it would equivalent to a hail storm that you didn’t have insurance for and for sure there were some losses, unfortunately.”
Weidenhamer said they had 35 calves born during the three day storm and the brought the calves into a heated shop. “When you put them back out with their mothers they didn’t want to take them back. We’d try and put them with other cows who lost their calf so it has been substantial. A drought is one thing we got through but this is a whole different ball game for livestock producers.”
“This weekend’s weather event I think we’ll be a little more prepared for that with shelters for calves and things like that. When they’re first born the calves don’t know to go to protected areas. If you’re not out there 24-7 with them it gets tough.”
Gord Weidenhamer says the moisture is welcome and people will look back in July and say how nice it was to get the precipitation. He also says it’s good for topping up recreational bodies of water in the region.