The Story Behind Little Joey

 

There is something incredibly fulfilling about taking care of animals. What a humbling opportunity it is to pour out compassion in order to selflessly put another’s comfort above your own.

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Sometimes baby calves require a little help to get off on the right foot. Because of extreme weather conditions, unique maternal circumstances, or birthing difficulties, sometimes babies require additional support from ranchers in order to thrive.

 

So this is how we saved Joey:

 

Joey was born a month early. When we found him, he was about 15 hours old. He hadn’t had anything to drink and he hadn’t had the energy take his first steps. His body was laying flat with the sun beating down on his red and white hair coat.

His mama hadn’t proved to be very motherly as she left him as soon as he was born. Good mama cows are usually very protective of their babies, often making sure they are cleaned off and encouraged to stand up and eat. Joey’s mama didn’t seem to take care of him.

So, first we fed him colostrum, which is milk high in antibodies and rich in immunoglobulins important to the calf’s future health and well-being.

After feeding Joey, we made sure he was comfy in his new home in the barn. The first night, Joey had a tough time. He wanted to nurse and stand on his own, but he just couldn’t muster the strength to do so. To offset his nutrient needs, the little guy was given more medicine, rich in the protein he needed to rev up his system.

The next day, we were a little nervous because we didn’t know if he would make it through the night. To our joy, Joey was alert and active the next morning and ready for breakfast.

Joey turned out to be quite the glutton when feeding time rolled around!

 

 

 

Moral of the story: If it had not been for the love and expertise of a rancher, Little Joey would not have survived. Producers care for their animals. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure a healthy, comfortable life for them. 

God bless, folks!

 

Kalyn McKibben

Blonde Beef Babe

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