Good Morning!

      Last night one of my Jersey x Dexters calved! I missed it by minutes. I will have to find a way to send photos.

In a panic, I was unsure how to keep the calf in since right now she is so small and can walk right underneath the single strand of electric. This is the first time that I have felt truly unprepared since our journey has started. So I setup a new paddock for them that’s about a 2 -3 day size with the electric netting to keep the calf in and the predators out. What should I do to keep that calf in without having to run netting? Should I run another strand lower so the calf learns it that way? Also,

any tips I should know in regards to calf/cow behavior? They are both in with another pregnant heifer so everyone is acting differently. Just want to relearn all the body language again. Thanks again! You two are a huge inspiration and your guidance is absolutely priceless! 

Can you attach the link to the small field guide books you sell? I think those will be a huge help.

Hi, Nick,

First, it doesn’t matter at all that the baby can walk out under the fence.  She won’t go far.  The only time it matters is the first few hours, when her mother might get anxious if she can’t reach the baby.  After that, no problem.  You’ll go out and you won’t be able to find the baby and you’ll panic — oh, no, the baby is lost! — and you’ll search and search, and never find her, and then when she’s good and ready and not a moment earlier, she’ll pop up from behind a couple of blades of grass.  

Short form:  don’t change the fence, baby will be fine.

Actually, the netting could be a danger if it’s hot, because baby doesn’t understand hot yet and she could get her head stuck.  That would be a disaster; in addition to the danger of strangulation, if an animal gets stuck in a hot fence, they can be materially damaged.  For the same reason you don’t want to use an extra strand of fence.  Just let baby go in and out as she likes.  Just a heads’-up!  

If you go to lulu.com and search for Shawn and Beth Dougherty, all our field guides will come up.  I think they’ll help, but your questions here are great.