Parkinson’s Law states that “work expands to fill the time available for its completion”. One wonders if Parkinson spent a few years rearing calves before he became a notable historian and economist in 20th century Britain.

Such is the variation in time and effort needed to rear calves, that this quote often springs to mind. It’s a fact that some farmers can rear many calves with minimal fuss, losses, cost or disease, while for most others, spring can be a struggle.