I attended Ag Connect Expo this week in Kansas City. My favorite session was by Cheryl Mohn, founder of Udder Tech in Lakeville, Minnesota. Cheryl was milking full-time on the family dairy operation when she dreamed up a product to shave 20 minutes off of her milking time. She designed the Towel Tote so everything she needed -- towels, pre-dip and post dip -- were handy. With a $2,000 loan from her parents, she launched Udder Tech in 1994.
Today, one of the company's most popular products is a calf blanket. Made of Thinsulate and with quick-release buckles for easy on and off (no velcro to get dirty), it is a hit with vets and farmers.
In fact, by total coincidence, my husband, Bob, sent me the photo above of a newborn calf, named Buttercup Ritchie, he was treating at the vet clinic this week. It's wearing an Udder Tech calf jacket.
That brings up another good point: It's frigid out there! Calving season always starts on the coldest week of the year. Below is the homemade, rigged up calf warming hut Bob uses at the clinic. It works!