Many calf-care providers suffer from chronic pain in their backs, elbows and shoulders. Here are some suggestions to help reduce that pain:

  • Use smaller containers or scoops to reduce load size. For example, use a 3-gallon pail rather than a 5-gallon one.
  • Take turns on jobs with another calf-care person rather than doing the same job every feeding or every day. If you are the only caregiver, arrange the timing of jobs so that repetitive motions are spread out.
  • Rearrange equipment or pens to reduce how far you reach to do a task. For example, raise the sink or cart in which you wash equipment to reduce the amount of bending over while cleaning equipment.



See the November 2005 “Calving Ease” at