Calving in the cold

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- Calving season is in full swing, and for ranchers this means being on the job 24/7. Typically running from January through March, ranchers live with their cows and heifers while they give birth to a new herd of calves.

Trey Wasserburger owns TD Angus with his wife Dayna south of North Platte. Wasserburger says that the crazy swings in temperature this time of year have a negative effect not only on calves, but all ranching operations.

"Dropping 70 degrees like that is hard on anybody, humans, tractors. Calves go through it without any kind of vaccination or any kind of antibiotics. We just have to take care of them, and make sure they stay hydrated. Mother's taking care of their calves usually keeps us out of the wreck," comments Wasserburger.

Hired man, Nickolas Kunz, says that this year has been easier than past, thanks to a new calving barn and recent technologies.

"That old barn we had, we could put 3 cows in. This barn I think we can put 12 cows in. We can monitors cows so we don't have to come clear down to the barn to check. It's a lot easier to get things in and watch everybody all in one spot than have them spread out everywhere," says Kunz.

TD Angus hopes to be wrapped up with their calving season by March 10, just in time for their bull sale scheduled for March 15.