Calving Call!

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iPhone saves the day on the Moe Ranch.

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It ‘s been snowing since yesterday at the ranch! All day … all night … and STILL snowing!! Somewhere between 12 and 15 inches of snow has piled up so far.

Usually I love snow-globe days like this. Today…not so much. We’re calving and this much snow and cold puts every newborn’s life in jeopardy. Depending on the temperatures and wind, the “live calf/dead calf window” in these conditions ranges from 20 to 45 minutes.

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Today, because we were short-handed, I volunteered to stay home. After helping to shovel out and open gates, I set out to take some snow pictures with my iPhone. Once inside, I checked through the pictures to see what I had. Thankfully! Because one picture captured the telltale sign of calving in progress. Can you spot it?


An SOS text brought Billy to the rescue…literally. He got the newborn inside the barn to dry off. Live calf-1; Snow & Cold-0. Not sure who should get the credit for saving the calf but, I suspect the winner would be… iPhone!

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