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Life is Simple
        Life is Simple
                                                                                                    The Midwest Cattleman · April 23, 2020 · P5

        Copyright 2020,                     Other than fighting the  say, it kept both the wife and  phone). The cow and calf both
        Jerry Crownover                  mud, my calving season has  me busy, checking and treat- seemed fine, so there were no
                                         been fairly typical. I had to  ing.                                  worries.
                                         pull a couple of calves, a cou-      During the height of the ep-       Most cows with newborns
                                         ple more were DOA, and I  idemic, one old cow delivered  keep to themselves for a day
                                         had to treat a couple for the  her new little heifer on the  or two, before integrating
                                         sniffles. Everything was mov- backside of the home place.  back into the main herd, but
                                         ing along like normal, until a  I found it early one morning,  this particular cow and calf
                                         couple of weeks ago when the  tagged  it,  and  entered  the  were still off by themselves for
                                         calf scours began to spread  color, size and sex into my  an entire week. Noticing their
                                         through  the  herd  of  new  phone (yes, no more paper re- prolonged absence each morn-
                                         calves, like a grass fire on the  cords for me, since I learned
                                         plains of Kansas. Needless to  how  to  operate  my smart-                         continued on page 10

         Here at my place, spring
      calving season is just about
      over. I’m waiting on four old
      girls that look pretty close,
      then, all that will be left is the
      handful of cows that typically
      have late-spring calves (July
      and August). The experts tell
      me that I should either con-
      vert them to fall calvers, or
      just sell them, but I remember
      learning a  long time ago that
      an expert is simply someone
      more  than  fifty  miles  from
      home, or…who writes in a

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