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cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:49 pm
by milkmaid
For those who wonder what normal will look like... (and those experienced folks feel free to add more to the info I've given)

Cows calving:
This black first-calf heifer took about 45 minutes, maybe a bit more from start to finish.

Tail extended, she's thinking about it...
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Laying down, front feet showing but enclosed in the sac...
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Up and sac has broken over the hooves...
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There's the nose...
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All out... too fast to catch on camera
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Cleaning him off and he's up on his feet now...
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Looking for a drink, he's headed in the right direction
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Whew, that was a long day!
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And another series, courtesy of JerseyLily:
jersey lilly wrote:Thought those of you that are new at this might like photos of a cow birthin a baby. I caught this one last year, start to finish. Took all of about 30 minutes.

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Just gettin started when I pulled up.

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Walkin and doin circles.

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Lay down, get up, lay back down. I see one foot.

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Crossed the slough, I see two feet!!

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there's a head.....

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Here we go

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Almost there

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Whewww.....made it

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First bath

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Uhg....I just got here mom, I can't be that dirty.


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Taste Test.

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First Nap


There's a few points that need to be emphasized here:

1) If the cow is in active labor for much more than an hour -- straining, no calf, or feet showing but no more progress -- and the cow hasn't been disturbed (hard to make progress when you're constantly being checked on!) you need a vet or an experienced friend/neighbor/mentor to come check on and probably pull the calf.
2) If the back feet are showing the calf needs to be pulled ASAP. The calf only has about 4 minutes from the time the cord is broken until he dies when in a backwards presentation, and most cows can't spit the calf out that quickly.
3) If only one foot is showing, one foot plus a nose, both feet but no head, head but no feet, etc etc... vet needs to be called pronto.
4) Calf needs colostrum preferably within 2 hours, definitely within 12 hours, and after 24 hours if the calf hasn't had colostrum, you've got a tough battle ahead to keep the lil bugger alive. If you bottle feed it, give a half gallon ASAP after birth, and another half gallon 12 hours later.

Cows prior to calving (pics taken 12-24 hours before):

Older dairy cow -- note udder and teats are full and tight
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Another older dairy cow -- note the full udder
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Same cow -- note the sunken area around tail and hips, also the slab-sided appearance (esp on right side) signifying the calf has dropped into position for birth
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First calf dairy/beef cross heifer -- note the edema on her underline; some have it, some don't, it's normal and will go away in time
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same heifer from the rear
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Beef heifer before calving -- note mucus and "floppy" vulva
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Dairy influenced cows usually show more signs before calving and they'll have a bigger udder and softer vulva before calving than a beef cow will, generally. A dairy cow usually takes between 7 and 18 days from the time she starts bagging up until she calves. A beef cow may be much shorter. And a heifer, dairy or beef, doesn't follow any of the rules. :lol2:

If the beef folks have some more pics of beef animals that'd be appreciated...

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:05 pm
by dun
milkmaid wrote:2) If the back feet are showing the calf needs to be pulled ASAP. The calf only has about 4 minutes from the time the cord is broken until he dies when in a backwards presentation, and most cows can't spit the calf out that quickly.



If the calf is backwards the soles of the feet will be up instead of the top of the feet being up.

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:04 am
by KNERSIE
When correcting a malpresentation or pulling a backwards calf, make sure you have both front feet or both back feet and that both belong to the same calf!

If checking a cow out that don't make progress and you feel two front feet and a head, don't just assume it is a normal presentation and start pulling, always make sure there isn't backfeet there as well or even another calf underneath the normal presented one.

When pulling a backwards calf don't pull down.

Always use long palpation gloves when reaching inside a cow for whatever reason. (It's a case of do as I tell you, but don't do as I do :oops: )

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:17 pm
by Double R Ranch
Always use long palpation gloves when reaching inside a cow for whatever reason. (It's a case of do as I tell you, but don't do as I do :oops: )


ROTFLOLOLOL!!
Oh and if the feet go in and out a bit don't panic!! This is normal.

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Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:53 pm
by Double R Ranch
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Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:55 pm
by Double R Ranch
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Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:56 pm
by Double R Ranch
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Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:08 am
by spinandslide
Ive got a questions..do all cows get up right as the calf is coming out? :D

I saw two photos where momma was getting to her feet and calf was in midair..:) Normal I guess for a cow? Our horses stay laying down til the foalis completly out and then rise..them calves are tough little boogers.

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:51 am
by dun
spinandslide wrote:Ive got a questions..do all cows get up right as the calf is coming


Some do some don;t. Some calve standing up some laying down. Had one calve while she was walking to the water tank, didn;t slow down till the calf plopped out.

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:43 am
by spinandslide
thanks dun..interesting..like I said, cattle are tough animals

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:32 am
by BamaCowboy
Good pictures

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:57 am
by Nesikep
our cows often calve and stay laying down, though we don't mind if they get up just before it pops out, there is a critical time just as the calf's head pops out is usually about the time the umbilical cord gets pinched off/broken, and if they aren't out, they can't breathe.. so you can end up with a bunch of retard cows (no, they aren't all retards), and then those ones are the ones that have a hard time finding the udder and will frustrate you forever!.. they also have a hard time learning what an electric fence is

maybe next year I'll see if I can get in on film and post it to youtube

you think a calf has it tough being born while the mother stands?? i believe giraffe's always stand while birthing

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:46 am
by 2DM Limousin
Excellent Pictures. I just love a story with a great ending. That MIRACLE is always nice to watch. Thanks there Great.!!!

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:47 am
by grand chaser09
dun wrote:
spinandslide wrote:Ive got a questions..do all cows get up right as the calf is coming


Some do some don;t. Some calve standing up some laying down. Had one calve while she was walking to the water tank, didn;t slow down till the calf plopped out.


thats strange. every one we've ever had calving while standing we had to help. but never had any problems with the ones laying down. and we've only had 2 occassions where the calf wouldn't come out due to the head and neck being flipped back over the shoulder.

Re: cows calving -- for newbies -- pictures

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:55 pm
by llucy69
OMGosh..I'm so excited. I just hope Sara's first goes smooth. Its our first experience too! She's a two year old Maine Anjou/Jersey cross..bred back to a Jersey bull. Thanks to all for the pictures. I can't wait!!