Kayla and her friend, Kilah Hemesath, are shown posing with newborn twins.

Calves are pretty curious! This little guy is enjoying the nice weather.

Most people’s favorite time of the year falls around holidays, family gatherings or town celebrations. Not for me. Calving season has officially arrived and I couldn’t be more excited! It is just like Christmas, you never know what you will get!

My brother had his first calves on February 21. To make it even more special, the first cow had twins! I actually came home from college this weekend and was ecstatic that I was home to meet the calves. My roommate had also came home with me. As soon as I got the phone call, we headed to my brothers to check out the newborn twins.

The weather has been surprisingly nice for Iowa thus far. It has helped with the ease of calving and getting the calves to start growing quickly. The past seven days have reached above 65° F.

My brother has 50 cows and he has had 13 calves so far (today is March 17). Out of these 13 calves, there have been 3 sets of twins! He is pretty enthused about this. It can be difficult to raise twins depending on the cow’s milk production, her acceptance of both calves and the size of the calves.

When calves are born the farmer puts a lot of care into each one to make sure they are eating within a couple of hours. This could be at 7 p.m. or 3 a.m.; their main goal is a healthy calf.

I can speak for my family that we enjoy watching the calves from day one until the day they are sold.


Kayla Degner was born and raised in rural Lytton, IA on a diversified grain and livestock family farm. She graduated from Rockwell City-Lytton in May 2012 and currently attends Iowa State University studying Agricultural Communications. Her past involved many agriculture venues. Kayla has a strong interest in advocating to the youth involved in agriculture.

Contact her at [email protected].