When Will She Calve?

I have been asked a few times, “how do you know when a cow is going to calve?” By now, “I just know.” In reality, there is a whole cascade of events that lead up to parturition in cattle. I remember as a kid we had a crazy red cow behind the house that my dad kept waiting for her to calve. I would walk out to the pasture with him to look for a new calf. After a few days of this, I told my dad she would have her calf that night and sure enough, she did. I believe that is the first time I remember paying attention to the signs of calving.

Other than a calf lying beside the cow, how do I know parturition (calving) will happen soon?

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Ryan Goodman lives in Colorado, is an avid trail and ultrarunner, and works with farmers and ranchers to help them share their stories of agriculture and how food is raised. Connect with Ryan online as @BeefRunner. #TeamBeef.
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