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?

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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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