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It’s calving season in KELOLAND and there’s a new addition to our SkyCam network that’s getting a lot of attention.
Our newest SkyCam is a little different from the rest. It overlooks newborn calves in an enclosed barn on a Spencer, SD farm. On the other side the camera lens you might occasionally see farmer Dan Lehrman tending to the animals.
“More people are calling or visiting or saying, ‘Hey, we seen you on TV’ and they kind of want to know what it’s all about,” Lehrman, owner of Lehrman Family Simmentals, said.
This view might be new to you, but it’s not new to him. About four years ago, Lehrman invested in an On Sight Sky Camera system that would help him better monitor when his cows were about to give birth, even if he’s not on the farm.
“It only takes a matter of minutes. If something is born outside, it can have frozen ears or it can die. So with the cameras, we can see what’s going on, we can get them in here,” Lehrman said.
Lehrman uses three different cameras to keep a close eye on his cattle.
Lehrman said Sky Cams are a benefit to the entire cattle industry. You can get a bird’s eye view on how farmers take care of their animals during calving season.
It’s something Lehrman says many big city kids don’t see much.
“You know a lot of kids in the city don’t experience this. It’s amazing how some of them don’t even know where milk comes from in the big city other than the store,” Lehrman said.
He’s hoping the “cow cam” will help people develop an appreciation for the cow-birthing process.
“It isn’t 9-5pm or an 8-4pm job. Noon, midnight, 2:00 am, 3:00 am in the morning… we’re out here with them,” Lehrman said.
In case you were wondering, since our SkyCam went live last week, six new calves have been brought into the world.