Calving ABCs For Beginners (*Many Pics)

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Calving ABCs For Beginners (*Many Pics)

Post by CattleAnnie » Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:17 pm

Calving Information For Beginners

(Warning: This is going to be a big post.)


Please remember that if in doubt, always call your veterinarian first - time is crucial when dealing with difficult presentations!
( *In no way, shape or form is this post meant as a substitute for qualified licenced veterinary assistance...these are simply guidelines with the intent to illustrate and inform.)

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In the interest of the new folks, thought I'd see if I could copy and paste some info for you.

1. First here's a nice link for some guidelines.

http://animalrangeextension.montana.edu ... 002/Ob.htm

2. And two very informative pdf links:

http://dairy.ifas.ufl.edu/drs/2005/Dros ... bstetrics'

http://animalscience.tamu.edu/ansc/publ ... alving.pdf
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Proper placement of obstetric chains prevent injury to calves when applying traction if assisting delivery. Very important!

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Now for some obstetric presentation illustrations:

Elbows Hung Up
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Head Back
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Nose To Side/ Hungup on Pelvis
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Foreleg Back
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Breech
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All Four Feet Present
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Twins - Foreward and Backward Presentations
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Illustrations courtesy of:
Calving and Handling Calving Difficulties
R. G. Mortimer, MS, DVM
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Colorado State University


Take care.


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Post by austinssteer » Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:23 pm

Thanks for the info Annie. :) :cboy:
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Post by warpaint » Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:48 pm

Great post Annie, one of the best I've ever seen!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by cypressfarms » Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:37 pm

Way to go Annie,

That is one good post!

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Post by NewCowboy » Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:47 pm

Very interesting post! Thanks! Hope we do not need it for our two heifers first calves coming sometime SOON, but it is definitely something to know.

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Post by sainty01 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:29 pm

How many of you do the half hitch when you hook up chains?

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Post by jcarkie » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:48 pm

i have never been told that before. very interesting

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Post by CattleAnnie » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:48 pm

We always do the two loops with the chains, it's way easier on their legs than a single loop...it's also important to keep the chain aligned straight between them or you chance giving your calf a green fracture if the pull gets tough.


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Post by buckaroo_bif » Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:10 pm

good info Annie
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Post by msscamp » Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:37 pm

sainty01 wrote:How many of you do the half hitch when you hook up chains?


We never have, but it's certainly worth thinking about and implementing, I think.
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Post by Susie David » Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:02 pm

Great post Annie, one of the best I've seen in awhile...thanks.
We start this week and only have one heifer that I'm worried about...always good to have the thought process sharpened and the OB kit stocked and ready.
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Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:57 am

sainty01 wrote:How many of you do the half hitch when you hook up chains?

ALWAYS - never put just one loop above the hoof.
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Post by ctlbaron » Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:31 am

Thanks Annie, great post.
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Post by Hasbeen » Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:27 pm

God bless you Annie. I'm going to bookmark this one for future reference.

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