Meconium staining of newborn calves

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Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby slick4591 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:00 pm

I ran across this article and thought it might be good to know about.
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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Supa Dexta » Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:23 pm

Yellow calves are all the rage.

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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby TCRanch » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:14 pm

Wow, I have never seen or heard of that. Good to know. Thanks, Slick.

Supa, how's the calf & heifer? 14 months old?! Bless her heart.

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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:56 pm

Informative but not a game changer.

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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby dun » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:05 pm

Good information
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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:16 pm

Knew what it was, never knew it had such fancy name. I'll have to impress everybody down at the feed mill now.
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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby ANAZAZI » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:48 am

Bright Raven wrote:Informative but not a game changer.


If you did not think of it before it should be a game changer! It is one of the signs of difficult delivery, weak or too big calves. It is a good thing to breed away from in any case.
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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Supa Dexta » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:48 am

TCRanch wrote:Supa, how's the calf & heifer? 14 months old?! Bless her heart.


That was a few years ago, she raised a few calves now but is on the short list to go. Udder looks good but milk doesnt seem to have what it takes to raise a good calf. Always duds ~ 2lbs a day or less.

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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:17 am

We had one this month. 280 days gestation, and I found her like the picture shows; on the ground and wet. Embryo calf, 61 pounds if I remember correctly. No signs of a difficult birth.
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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Black and Good » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:44 am

Good information! :clap: Thanks for sharing Slick. :tiphat: B&G
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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Bright Raven » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:51 am

ANAZAZI wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:Informative but not a game changer.


If you did not think of it before it should be a game changer! It is one of the signs of difficult delivery, weak or too big calves. It is a good thing to breed away from in any case.


In a small herd where the number of "events" are small, it is not a trait to breed "away from". Using a scenario similar to mine as an example:
1. Herd of 20
2. Over period of 10 years, I experience 3 to 4 events of meconium on the calf at birth. All from 3 different bulls.

It would make absolutely no sense to make sire selections based on that scenario.

On the other hand if I were using one bull over that period of time and I had 10 events, perhaps I should look at the bull as a factor.

In actuality. Never had a case.

I find the subject interesting but not a "game changer". I do not say that to disparage the publication. However, even the author presents the subject as an "indicator".

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The jury is still out on what causes this and what we should do about it. Veterinarians have many opinions on this topic, as it is a difficult subject to study.

My intention here is to give some of my ideas on meconium staining and let you form your own opinions.

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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Putangitangi » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:53 am

As he wrote:
The jury is still out on what causes this and what we should do about it. Veterinarians have many opinions on this topic, as it is a difficult subject to study.

My intention here is to give some of my ideas on meconium staining and let you form your own opinions.


My opinion and experience is that it's not as indicative as I understand it is in human births. I've seen some staining in normal (watched right through from first signs to delivery) births and all those calves behaved entirely normally. I've had more troubled calves without any at all. I also have one family whose birth fluids are always a disgusting green. The first time I saw it I presumed the calf was dead and rotting; she was normal - white-faced too, so it was really obvious. She and most of her sisters and then some of the daughters have continued the trait.

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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Aaron » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:11 am

I get them all the time, likely more than unstained calves. No difference in mortality rates. Have hauled a lot more clean, than dirty, calves to the pile.
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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:51 am

Hardest pull I ever succeeded at. No crap on his face. I have seen it on ones I pulled, and also on ones born all nutural. I still associate it with a struggle though. This calf was born at the hight of the glut. As soon as his tongue went down, I sold him for $725. Don't ya miss those days?
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Re: Meconium staining of newborn calves

Postby Son of Butch » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:15 am

Supa Dexta wrote:Yellow calves are all the rage.

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WOW... not uncommon in holstein calves, but I've never seen any like that one before.


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