Holly Poad - Triple P Farm, Lone Rock, Wisconsin, USA - has developed a gadget which helps new-born calves to stay warm in cold climates.
The young woman - who farms with her parents and has recently purchased a 125-acre holding - came up with the idea, after losing a shed to a fire.
The loss of this building meant that the family had a limited amount of space for their pedigree Angus, Angus-cross, Hereford and Maine Anjou-cross cows and their calves.The Poads farm 75 suckler cows and have some 700-acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay; they focus on breeding show cattle and sell farm-raised meat.
"The most important thing for a calf born in cold weather is warmth, and since I didn’t have a barn, I had to improvise!" Holly Poad told Catherina Cunnane - That's Farming.
"I talked to my aunt - who owns an embroidery shop - about sewing up a pair." She added.
Holly searched the internet for a rough pattern, but then modified the design with her own twist. "It only took a few tries to get the product we wanted." She added.
Calf Ear Muffs
"Our ear muffs, unlike others, are completely adjustable and have a water repellent material on the outside, which keeps the ears dry if it's snowing/raining," Holly explained.
The ear muffs are lined with fleece and have a piece that goes around a calf's nose, which helps keep them in place if its dam attempts to remove them.
"They’re a great, economical product that can help new-born calves stay warm and keep going in cold climates."
"Since these ear muffs have worked so good for us, we decided to try selling them this year," Holly added.
"The response has been overwhelming! I thought that I’d just put something up on Facebook, thinking we’d sell just a few pairs." Holly told That's Farming.
Some eighty pairs have been sold since the beginning of January, with numerous repeat customers.Along with selling direct to customers, the young farmer is also working with a livestock supply company.
"My aunt is still making them but if sales pick up much more, we may have to look into contracting some of it out," Holly explained.
"Whether you’re raising calves for shows, beef or herd replacements, their health should be the number one priority, and that starts with a warm new-born!"
"We’re also in the works of making ear muffs for horses, and will hopefully have those perfected soon!" Holly concluded.
Calf ear muffs can be purchased for 20 USD/unit (approximately €18/unit) excluding shipping fees. Holly said she is willing to ship the ear muffs worldwide at the buyers' expense.
For more information, email Holly - email@example.com - or see Facebook here.
Image source: Triple P Farm