A while back I found an interesting article about getting your cows to calve during the day. It was a study done by Kansas State University and the article was published by Beef Producer. The study focused on feeding cattle in the evening so they calved during the day.
It was interesting because the results found that a majority of the cattle did end up calving during the day. Although the exact reason why this happens is unknown, the researchers thought it may have to do with contractions in the rumen.
It was interesting to me that if we could get a majority of cattle to birth during the day, what other species could we get to birth during the day as well? Calves and lambs that are born during the day in winter have a higher chance of survival, seeing that ranchers can find them better and it's warmer because of reflected heat off the snow or ice. Producers can also have a quicker response to aid a cow or ewe if she is having trouble.
I've never tried it though, but there have been multiple studies done on this phenomenon. I would try it, but I don't have any cattle. So I'm going to leave it up to you beef (and/or sheep) producers out there reading this blog post to try it for yourselves and leave a comment on what happens!As always and until next time,