Here’s your homework assignment for calving season
Now that calving season is upon us, it may well be worth an evening spent in a refresher course. Glenn Selk, emeritus animal scientist at Oklahoma State University, suggests reading Calving Time Management for Beef Cows and Heifers, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report.
The publication discusses the three stages of a normal calving and then the causes and impacts of a difficult birth (dystocia). A thorough discussion of the signs of impending calving is followed by a description of when and how to examine a cow to determine the need for intervention. Detailed diagrams of most of the potential abnormal presentations are included with descriptions of necessary manipulations that will be required before the calf can be delivered. Proper placement of the obstetrical chains and the advantages of rotating the calf to ease passage through the pelvic opening are important sections to read.
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