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Herford×Angus

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I saw a bred heifer yesterday with a little blood on her tail, so i put her in the pen so i could keep an eye on her she was calm and went straight for the feed. This morning I went to check her and she had her tail up and back arched. She looked like any other heifer when they start calving. So I went back inside for some breakfast. An hour later I checked again and she had a piece of placenta hanging almost to the ground, I thought probably the ruptured water bag. She was still walking around not making an effort to calve, so i thought give her some more time. I come back an hour later and now she's pushing so I watch her for 30 min or so, still no feet. I decided to go in. I put her in the chute put on my gloves and go in. I grabbed a leg and pulled and off comes the claw!! Now I knew the calf was probably dead. I tried again and got a bunch of hair!! So when I was finaly able to pull it, it was backward. I pulled it half way out and it got stuck, there where bones in the legs but no spine. The middle of the calf was only about 3 inches in diameter. When I was finaly able to get the whole thing out all the bones from the spine and ribs got pushed into the neck!!! PS this was my first time pulling a calf by my self. the smell will haunt me for a while :yuck:
 
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Good tip seems like everything smells like it now haha. I took a pic of the calf but not sure I wanna post it don't wanna make people sell their cows haha.
 

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Herford×Angus":3truaxi9 said:
Good tip seems like everything smells like it now haha. I took a pic of the calf but not sure I wanna post it don't wanna make people sell their cows haha.

please do post pics... I would like to see it.
 

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When I was just a kid, a neighbor called and wanted borrow our pullers, and my help for a while. I drove the calf pullers over on an XR 75 motorcycle. Not sure I could even do a strange feat like that now. Anyway, when I got there, we hooked on and started cranking. I thought man, this is the easiest pull ever. No, not so lucky. Both front legs were being pulled off the carcass. We both started pukeing.
 
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Yeah while I was pulling it I was still ok, adrenalin I guess. But when I was cleaning up later I had to stop several times! I hope I never have to do that again
 

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Nothing stinks as bad as pulling a dead animal out. I have never pulled a dead calf but I have pulled plenty of dead lambs. It takes days to get that smell of your hands
 

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Irish Spring bar soap and toothpaste, I deal with dead stinky green and blue pigs all summer long, and that will take the smell off.
I almost puked only once when a bloated pig ruptured...let your imagination play with that for a bit.
 

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Herford×Angus":185rpjrr said:
...there were bones in the legs but no spine. The middle of the calf was only about 3 inches in diameter. When I was finaly able to get the whole thing out all the bones from the spine and ribs got pushed into the neck!!! ...
Was it deformed or just disintegrating?
 
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Not really sure since I've never had this before. But it looked like the head was deformed. Plus the whole thing was about 8 feet long. she was due in about 2 weeks if the bull got her the first day. Should I still try to graft a calf on the heifer and breed her again or is it a better idea to let her recover and ship her?
 

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I'd be concerned about having got everything out. Here I'd call a vet when things got that nasty, since I'd fear uterine infection. I've never had to deal with a calf dead long enough to start falling apart. My worst ones have only had a slight whiff to them.
How much do you like her?
 

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I can't really make out that photo, it looks like the hind legs to the right and then 2 forelegs to the top and middle of the image but then on the left around the head there are more leg bones exposed. I might be completely disorientated though?????

Ken
 

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I took a cow to the vet who had a dead calf in her. I know the smell too well. I had to leave the cow so I went in and signed her in, then apologized before I left. lol... From what I heard, it smelled the whole place up terribly.. I cant remember the details of how we knew it was dead...maybe PTSD I have from that smell when we went to investigate why she was having issues....lol
 

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Horrible experience. Thankfully, I have never had a decayed calf or one that had to be cut up. (Hopefully, I did not just jinx myself!!!)
One thing I would like to mention - a vet once told me, anytime you see blood, go in & check out what is happening. Blood is a good sign something is wrong.
 
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wbvs58":7jlxglhl said:
I can't really make out that photo, it looks like the hind legs to the right and then 2 forelegs to the top and middle of the image but then on the left around the head there are more leg bones exposed. I might be completely disorientated though?????

Ken

The exposed bones by the head are actually the jaw bones, if you zoom in enough you can see teeth.
I agree Jeanne next time I see blood I won't wait until the next day to check her. In this case though it wouldn't have made a big difference. She may not have been dilated enough to pull the calf the night before.
 

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pricefarm":27ia8u9d said:
Nothing stinks as bad as pulling a dead animal out. I have never pulled a dead calf but I have pulled plenty of dead lambs. It takes days to get that smell of your hands
I have done both,unfortunately.The smell is the worst part.Sometimes a smokey fire will help.I wonder if tomato juice,Dawn and peroxide will work like it does on dogs with skunk smell?
 

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sim.-ang.king":1r28glt9 said:
Irish Spring bar soap and toothpaste, I deal with dead stinky green and blue pigs all summer long, and that will take the smell off.
I almost puked only once when a bloated pig ruptured...let your imagination play with that for a bit.
If it is anything like a ripe dead sheep,I am sorry.
 

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