Calving time always seems to produce a few instances where a calf needs a little extra assistance to get on its feet. Often, that means taking the calf inside, which can also produce an irritated spouse. When Aimee Hachigian-Gould has a newborn calf that needs to go inside to warm up, she places the calf in a large rubber tub with towels or sheets on the tub bottom. The tub’s slick bottom skids easily, especially on snow or straw. Hachigian-Gould says the calf is warmed and dried in the tub, which also helps contain the mess the calf brings with it. The high sides of the tub help support the calf in the early attempts to stand. “The most important asset provided by the tub is that the birthing and other fluids soak the cloth material in the tub’s bottom, which keeps the natural odors on the calf until it is returned to its mother. We have never had a problem with rejection with this system, even with fi rst-time calvers, because the calf always smells right.”