Calves can have a hard time at life especially those first few months after they are born. Since calving often happens in the very early Spring or late Winter, calves are especially vulnerable to the weather. Their tiny extremities take a beating from the cold when sub-zero temperatures set in. Let’s take a look at the problem and see an adorable and practical solution that one farmer has used with his calves.
“Frostbite is the damage to body tissues that occurs when these tissues freeze,” Author Dr. W. Dee Whittier wrote in Calves and the Cold. “The extremities are most at risk. Frozen ears and tails result in changes of cattle appearance but do not affect cattle performance significantly.”
“Newborn calves are most at risk because they are wet and because they have a large surface area in relation to their total body mass, calves are not fully capable of maintaining temperature the first several hours of life. Newborn calves have a circulatory system that is less able to respond to cold changes as compared to more mature animals,” Dr. Whittier states.
For Every Problem There Lies A Solution
Twitter user @ThisFarmingMan_ came up with a solution to help calves not get frostbite on their ears. He knits earmuffs for his calves. The photos that he posted just happen to also be very adorable in addition to being practical. One photo has gained over 170,000 likes so far.
This solution to the serious problem of frostbite is genius. Yet, it uses a simple solution. Earmuffs can be knit, crocheted or sewn together, as you can see from the photos. The fact that the finished result happens to be adorable is just a bonus for all of us to enjoy. Hopefully, others facing farm-related problems may come up with such a simple solution as this farmer did. Hats off to him for keeping those babies’ ears safe from the extreme cold.