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Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:52 pm
by Karin
I thought of this thread when I watched this video from Animal Planet. Vet commentary:

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/an ... -video.htm

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:27 am
by Terri Stanley
Great pics! Thank you for sharing this!
Absolutely beautiful to see the mama and calves together. Warm my heart!

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Sun May 31, 2015 9:19 pm
by milso47
i believe giraffe's always stand while birthing[/quote]


They do and then the mother kicks it across the grass til it gets up and starts moving. no time to be laying around on the Serengeti

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:46 pm
by Ca2le
bookmarking this thread. great info

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:17 am
by Grundy53
I understand there are a lot of variables such as age and breed. But on average how frequently do you end up having to pull a calf?

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:23 pm
by kenny thomas
Grundy53 wrote:I understand there are a lot of variables such as age and breed. But on average how frequently do you end up having to pull a calf?

I haven't pulled a calf in 15 years or more. I calved around 100 cows a year till recently but still about 40. Mostly to Charolais bulls now. Even the heifers.

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:08 pm
by farmerjan
I pulled a calf from a big brown swiss heifer a couple of years ago. She was a wimp because it was an angus sired calf and didn't weigh75 lbs., normal presentation, she just acted like it was killing her. A real wuss!!!!! The calf I helped before that was backwards, half out, and was hiplocked; and as soon as we got her in the chute twisted it around and it came right out. Saved calf and cow did a good job of raising it. Her 2nd or 3rd calf. Out of 175 to 200 beef cows a year, we may pull one about every 5 years and it is 99% because they are back feet first. And , it is usually because we see it, want to get it out before we lose the calf.

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:03 am
by Son of Butch
Most Newbies natural inclination is to want to assist in delivery as soon as the front feet appear. Don't do it.

Wait and observe. Allow the natural process to proceed, cows often pause for a few minutes while calving.
Cows will pause again after the calf's rib cage appears and the calf takes it's first breath, the calf is not stuck.
An important thing is happening. At this point the cow pauses and the placenta transfers it's blood supply, about one
pint, to the calf. This helps ensure a thrifty calf and later helps to expel the placenta.

As long as everything is progressing naturally and the calf is in the proper position with no signs of distress from the
calf or cow, let it be. IF you do have to help, after the calf is out, set the calf up on it's sternum with front legs tucked
under to help make breathing easier for the calf and get out of the way.

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:15 am
by petersh
Thanks for a lot of great pictures here. I can't imagine I can see them