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WHY CALVES?

    The use of calves for certain cardiovascular procedures is an accepted and necessary practice.  Their body size, especially the large thoracic cavity, is what makes them so attractive as a surgical model.

WHY NOT?

    Using the standard Holstein or beef type calf that most vendors deliver, you have a 6 to 12 week old baby at the 150 to 250 pound size that most cardiovascular research requires.  These calves are babies - much too young to be safely weaned.  As a result, you have a calf with the fragile constitution that is a natural consequence of such an immature immune system.  All too frequently this will mean a weak and sickly calf, highly susceptible to the stresses of your protocol and laboratory life.  In addition, a calf this young still needs special feed to compensate for the loss of its mother's milk.  Even with specialized care, you often have to deal with diarrhea and/or pneumonia related to these problems.

WHY K BAR?

    A few years ago, we at K Bar Livestock, LLC began a search for a breed cross that would be naturally small so that it would be at least 5 months of age or older at the required body size.  At this age, your calf would be already weaned, stabilized and eating a normal calf ration before ever arriving at your facility.

    We also wanted a calf that would be naturally tough and hardy - one not so susceptible to stress; and we wanted one that would be naturally slow growing so as not to outgrow your implanted appliances before you were ready to terminate the study.

    We searched and experimented with different breeds and breed crosses until we now have what we believe to be the best possible bovine research model currently available anywhere!

    These calves meet all of our requirements of small size-for-age and a naturally slow rate of growth.  And, most important, they exhibit a natural toughness, disease resistance and stress tolerance unlike any beef or dairy breed known today.

    We let them grow with their mothers under natural range conditions until they are between 3 and 5 months old (usually between 150 - 200 lbs.) At that time, they are removed to our weaning pen, where we immunize them, make sure they are parasite free and completely healthy.  We never expose them to unnatural and unhealthy over crowded living conditions.  They are penned each morning and evening to be examined, fed and handled.  They will receive a booster immunization, another worming and a broad spectrum antibiotic immediately prior to shipment to your facility.  They come to you with none of the problems usually associated with baby calves weaned too early and housed in crowded and unnatural indoor facilities.

    We hope you will give K Bar Livestock, LLC the chance to solve many of the problems you may have experienced in the past with weak and sickly baby calves.   And, like all K BAR animals, any calf arriving at your facility that is unhealthy or fails to meet the specifications of the order will be replaced free of charge at your convenience.

    Bovine blood and isolated tissue always available.

 
  For additional information, contact us at the ranch at (830) 966-2259
or Email us at mk@kbarlivestock.com