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Good time for calves to be born

Warm temperatures translate into healthier moms, babies

With a mild Nebraskan winter and early spring and daytime temperatures above 60 degrees the last couple of weeks, conditions have been favorable for calving.

In a field north of Gothenburg, a pasture was littered with small black bodies on March 21.

Calving season for Randy and Dee Isackson, who own the land and black Angus cattle, is in full swing as it is for many area ranchers.

Randy said he thinks the cattle are in better condition because they didn’t have hard-winter stress.

“They’re milking better, they’re healthy and in good condition,” he said. “With the wonderful weather, it’s gone real good and we’ve had no issues.”

Healthy cattle mean low mortality rates which bode well for rancher pocketbooks, especially if cattle prices stay high.

A week ago, the Isackson’s herd had produced 20 calves. They’re expecting around 80.

Calving season for the Isacksons was expected to begin March 19 but Randy said it started about a week early.

For some ranchers, calving starts as early as January.

Randy is an agronomist (the Isacksons own and operate Central Platte Agronomics Inc.) but he and Dee consider ranching to be a hobby.

“It’s something we really like,” he said.

Ashley Wilkerson

GHS student

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