Local farmer develops "calf earmuffs" to protect newborn calves

Holly Poad with Triple P Farms, said they started making calf earmuffs last year. With this latest cold snap, they’ve been working as fast as they can to keep up with the demand.

LONE ROCK, Wis. (WMTV) With record-breaking low temperatures, farmers are getting creative to keep their livestock safe. One in Lone Rock has developed a gadget to prevent frostbite for newborn calves.

Holly Poad with Triple P Farm, said they started making calf earmuffs last year. With a little trial and error, they were able to develop a product that works. Poad said they use a light-weight, water repellent material and then it is lined with fleece. The earmuffs have an adjustable nose piece which she said helps to keep them in place when the calf licks them.

Just like humans, livestock are susceptible to frostbite. The Virginia Cooperative Extension detailed in an online report that newborn calves are most at risk because they are wet and because they have a large surface area in relation to their total body mass.

Poad said her aunt owns an embroidery shop and makes the earmuffs after work. With this latest cold snap, they’ve been working as fast as they can to keep up with the demand. They started selling them the first of January. Since then, Poad said they’ve sent out about 50 orders to five different states and have about 20 more that will be sent out this week.

So far the feedback on Poad’s creation has been good. She said it’s a cheap investment to help in these extreme conditions.

“This farming thing is hard enough, and any little thing to make it easier is a bonus,” said Poad.

NBC15’s Amy Pflugshaupt is currently working with Poad on a detailed story. Check back to NBC15.com for that full report.