In some parts of the world, furparents are making sure their dog’s paws don’t get burnt when walking on hot pavement. However, in other areas, farmers are protecting their calves from frostbites by using cute and colorful earmuffs to keep them warm.
Preventing calves from getting frostbite is a major issue for farmers and beef cattle producers as they typically lose many calves whenever the winter weather is too extreme. Unlike mature animals who adjust to changing weather, newborn calves are at risk. Sadly, calves are not developed enough to withstand extreme temperature changes.
Now, farmers have a clever and cute way to help their calves survive the cold outdoors. User @ThisFarmingMan_ tweeted a photo of his calf wearing adorable pink-colored earmuffs, and the post has been retweeted almost 30,000 times.
While this tweet just went viral, farmers had already been using earmuffs for their calves months ago. Apparently, the trend started at Triple P Farm in Wisconsin by owner Amy Pflugshaupt.
Sadly, there was a fire at this farm, and the cattle’s barn burned down. Pflugshaupt had to think of ways to save the cattle. To prevent further loss, she realized she needed a way to keep her calves’ ears warm.
At first, Plugshaupt tried to use jackets. Then, she bought earmuffs to make it work. After some trial and error, Plugshaupt contacted her Aunt, Kim Ewers, who runs an embroidery business.
Eventually, they came up with a design that is useful as well as precious. The earmuffs are made of water-repellent material with adjustable straps, and they come in multiple bright colors.
Initially, the two posted the Moo Muffs Earmuffs on their Farm’s Facebook Page at $20 a pair. However, they weren’t expecting many orders. Apparently, they had five pairs ready ‘just in case.’
Surprisingly, orders started coming in. Before they knew it, their new family business started. Today, they send out around 15-20 earmuffs a week.
Now, more cattle farmers want to protect their calves from frostbite and hypothermia. If you want to order from Moo Muffs, you can contact Plugshaupt and Ewers on their Facebook page. (h/t: boredpanda)