Cool, wet conditions impact calving in southwest Minnesota

Cool, wet conditions are impacting spring calving in southwest Minnesota.

Cow/calf producer Mark Enninga of Fulda says they prefer to calve on pasture.

“Being in alignment with nature and having calves out on green grass is always nice from a health standpoint, and the cows couldn’t hardly get to the pastures because of the snow.”

But he tells Brownfield a stretch of warm weather earlier this month melted enough snow to move cows out.

“Pastures are greening up now and we’ve got calves that are just starting to come, and health-wise they’ve been great.”

Enninga says a return of cold temperatures and high winds doesn’t seem to be stressing the calves because they got off to a good start.

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