Snow and ice weighing on an already struggling calf crop

Photo by Debra Murphy, 2018.

It’s been a difficult — if not devastating — start to the year for many in the agricultural community. And just when areas of North America were finally seeing a respite, and what could possibly have been called spring-like conditions, we’re hit with another round of ice pellets, freezing rain, rain, and/or snow.

For ranchers, the relentless winter has meant giving up more than the already precious little sleep that comes with the calving season. It has meant bringing calves in to warm up in utility sink baths, in front of fireplaces, on heated garage floors, on floor mats in trucks. It has meant plowing snow, bedding daily, and hoping expectant moms will not choose an icy mud puddle to birth in over a warm, sheltered bedding pack. It has meant working hard, pulling long hours, and somehow never feeling like enough has been done.

Besides pulling together a few resources that might help (from pieces on orphan calves to tweets from others in similar situations), we wanted to give a shout-out to everyone who is struggling.


If you or someone you know is struggling during this incredibly difficult calving season, please reach out to one of the following:

Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS):

Phone: toll free 1-833-456-4566
Text:     45645

Your Local Crisis Centre (via the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention):


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia



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