Heifer in labor

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Heifer in labor

Post by nocows » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:08 am

I have a heifer that appears to be in labor how long should I let this go on before intervention is needed? I knew she has been getting close to calving so I've been keeping an eye on her, this morning I went out to check her before I left for my day job. She was in the corner of the pasture laying down it was obvious that she's been up and down several times you can see where she's matted the ground down doing so.

That was about 4 hours ago I had my brother in law run out there to check on her and she's doing the same thing, up and down with her tail out. She will hunch every so often like she's pushing but we never have seen a water bag or anything yet.

I know every case and situation is different but how long would you expect a heifer to be in stage 1 of the calving process?




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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by Hook2.0 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:10 am

I believe after pushing for 4 hours id check her.
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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by nocows » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:17 am

She will hunch up like that for a minute then she'll go back to normal for a bit that's why I wasn't sure if she was just having contractions or if she is in full blown labor. I plan on leaving work soon to go keep an eye on her just didn't know how serious the situation was. I read some articles online that stated they could be in "stage 1" for several hours.

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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by Hook2.0 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:21 am

Thats not the active labor part then. Right now shes just uncomfortable and just getting ready for the show
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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by Son of Butch » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:00 am

If you don't have catch facilities nor experience intervening too early is the worst thing you can do.
Keep an eye on her from a distance so as not to agitate her and let nature take its' course.

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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by M-5 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:51 pm

watch from a distance . once she breaks her water and feet are showing I would intervene after 1 hr has passed.
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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by nocows » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:54 pm

Not much has changed she is exhibiting the same behavior she'll lay day for a bit then get up, she will push or strain like the above picture once or twice for about 30 seconds then she goes back either grazing or laying down. I assume all is good still??

This heifer is special she was a bottle calf that my son raised, she didn't breed in a timely manner with the herd but since she belonged to him I figured we'd keep her and give her a chance. We've been done calving since the middle of April.

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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by M-5 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:05 pm

anything showing , Bubble, feet ? when she lays down and pusshes you should be able to see something.
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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by Silver » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:08 pm

Humping up and pushing with nothing showing like that would make me concerned that the calf was breech. But heifers are funny creatures and it may be no big deal. But I'd be inclined to reach in and confirm things are lined up properly.

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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by Nesikep » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:14 pm

Yup, by now I think you should at least be seeing feet.. I agree it could be a breech birth or a leg the wrong way.
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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by Katpau » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:15 pm

Get her in and check now. Every time I have had one in the early stage for that long it has turned out that the calf was in a position where it could not be delivered. Breech which means butt first is the most likely situation, but it could be there are feet or a head back. I would guess this will take professional help, but you won't know until you get in there and feel where everything is. Good luck.

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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:07 pm

Any new news? Definitely should be checked after this long.
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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by NEFarmwife » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:02 pm

Yep, I would have armed her. Heifers are a pain in the butt sometimes and get you antsy but she’s straining without any progress.

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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by Farmgirl » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:28 pm

Check her quick. Calf is likely dead. May loose the heifer.

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Re: Heifer in labor

Post by TCRanch » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:33 pm

I lost one this year because a heifer wasn't pushing, just up & down, wandering around and I thought she was in early labor. Could barely see feet but she'd suck them back in. Still wasn't fully dilated when I got her in & it was a hard pull even though the calf wasn't that big. Did she just quit trying? Had she been in labor longer than I realized even though I check heifers every couple hours? Doesn't matter now. Get her in! And best of luck - please update.

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