Assisting the Beef Cow at Calving Time

Assisting the Beef Cow at Calving Time

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Six to ten percent of all calves born in beef cow herds
in the U.S. die at or soon after birth. Approximately half
of those deaths are due to calving difficulty (dystocia).
This multimillion dollar annual loss is second only to
losses from cows failing to conceive. About 80 percent of all calves lost at birth are anatomically normal. Most of them die because of injuries or suffocation resulting from difficult or delayed parturition (calving). Factors contributing to calving problems fall into three main categories: calf effects, cow effects, and fetal position at birth. It is important to know your capabilities and know when to call for help when assisting a beef cow during calving.

 

Details

AUTHORS

Richard F. Randle, Aaron L. Berger

SUBJECT

Animal Agriculture / Beef

PUBLICATION DATE

February 15, 2013

LAST REVISION DATE

None

LANGUAGE

English

FORMATS

PDF

SERIES

Extension Circular