Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Dystocia Calf Care

Caring for the "hard calving" calf is always a challenge. This new resource on dystocia calf care has tips for what to do for these calves at birth and ideas for special care during their first two weeks of life.

To access this resource in the www.calffacts.com web site click HERE.

Dystocia Calf Care 
  • Calves less than 48 hours old receiving substantial assistance at birth had 36 percent mortality compared to 2 percent for calves with unassisted births. 
  • Calves between 2 and 120 days receiving substantial assistance at birth had 70 percent higher mortality rate compared to calves with unassisted births. 
  • Calves receiving substantial assistance at birth had 56 percent more respiratory infections compared to calves with unassisted births. 
  • For dystocia calves at birth be sure to stimulate breathing. 
  • For the first two weeks of life, identify and observe dystocia calves carefully for infections. 

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