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Absolutely beautiful to see the mama and calves together. Warm my heart!
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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.
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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.