Staff members will recall that Pamela O’Connor, former Komatsu Warranty Manager and her husband, Barry a former Southern Region Parts Manager for Komatsu, retired to a property in North East Victoria. In recent times the weather has been very cold and this represents some real problems when you have cows calving for the first time.
The date was the 25th June and very wet and cold in Samaria. At around 5.30pm it was dark, pouring rain and cold, so one of the cows decided to start calving. She was having trouble, so Barry, true to a parts man’s motto, we deliver anything, anytime, anywhere, stepped in to assist.
A heifer calf was delivered in pouring rain and then left to bond with the mother.
Barry returned to the house stepped out of his very wet and muddy clothes and into the shower. Later that evening he went to check on the calf and all appeared well. At daybreak the next morning, Barry again went to check on the calf. Given that the calf was a heifer, red head and very tough to have survived the extremely wet and cold night she was named Julia, after our first female Prime Minister who had only been appointed the day before.
The first week went very well and Julia was seen running around the paddock. A cold snap hit and Julia developed a tummy problem. She needed supplementary electrolytes to rehydrate her, and she also needed to be kept warm. Given that the mother was a first timer, Barry was reluctant to confine her to a wet and muddy yard.
What do we do? I t was decided that both Julia and her mother would be better in a small paddock near the house where there were plenty of trees under which they could shelter. The electrolytes had to be given twice per day in two litres of warm water.
But how do we ensure that the calf stays warm? Simple, get one waterproof, Thinsulate Komatsu jacket out of the wardrobe.
Mother and daughter are doing well.