1. Calving supplies

Preparation and organisation are key to a successful calving season. Looking for ropes when the first feet of 2020 appear probably isn’t the best possible start. Make sure there are ample supplies of gloves, lube gel and iodine. Are all lights working in the calving pens? Is there suitable gates to restrain a cow in the event of a C-section? One calving gate per farm is a must for any suckler farm. Have calving pens been cleaned out and disinfected? Is there enough straw for the calving season? Getting all these things right will be of great help when the time comes.