Calving and When To Help A Cow
Learning when to help a cow during calving may be one of the most
profitable practices you can acquire.
Research has shown that up to 10 percent of all calves born in beef cattle
herds in the United States are deceased at or soon after birth. With half of those deaths being due to calving
difficulty, also referred to as dystocia. In the beef cattle industry this causes millions of dollar losses
annually and is second only to losses from failing to conceive.
Calving difficulty can be expected to be more pronounced when
mating a larger continental type of bull to a British breed cow. You should also be aware of possible
increased calving problems in a purebred breed if you are inclined to mate genetically large
bulls to purebred cows that are average in size.
You should always consult with your veterinarian for further information or assistance
when in doubt.