Calves born in yellow fluid?

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I had two calves born that were 297 and 296 day gestation, both had to be pulled. Normally the amniotic fluid is clear, but with these two it was really yellow. Was this because they were born almost two weeks late, or were they in some kind of fetal distress? Will this affect the health of the calf later in life? They seem to be doing great right now. Thanks for any information.
 
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The yellow in the liquid was caused by muconium staining, either from stress during birth or just prior. The late gestation period may indicate that the calves were getting less than optimal oxygen levels--as the placenta ages, it hinders oxygen transport. Either way, as long as the calves look fine, don't worry! Good Luck V

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