Cold snap puts new born calf’s at risk

From the Slough Express:

THE extended winter is proving a problem for new additions taking their first, tentative steps into the world.

The first Highland calf of the season was born at Berkyn Manor Farm, in Stanwell Road, Horton on Tuesday last week (19/3) with a second following on Sunday (24/3).

However, the cold weather is causing problems for staff at the farm as they fight to ensure first born Coronation and second born Snowdrop of Windsor are kept warm enough to survive through the extended period of cold, frosty nights.

A spokesman for J Rayner & Sons, who own the farm, said:

“The calves are struggling to survive in this bitter spring weather. We will have to put the mothers and calves in a cage to make sure they survive.”

Heifer Coronation was named in celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation.

A small fold of Highland Cattle is based at the farm owned by Royal Borough mayor councillor Colin Rayner.

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