Beef Cattle Post Calving Here are a few things to watch
for as possible post calving problems.
This is an inversion of
the uterus that can occur when a partial vacuum is formed in the uterus. It is sometimes caused by pulling the calf
too rapidly and may result in death of the cow if not treated promptly and correctly. Encouraging the cow to stand
soon after delivery will reduce the chances of a prolapse.
Always contact a veterinarian for treatment and necessary drugs. Cull heifers or cows
that prolapse because of the probability of it happening again.
The placental membranes are
normally expelled within 2 to 8 hours after birth. Occasionally, however, they fail to separate from the uterine
attachment. This condition may pose a health threat to the cow and cause problems in rebreeding. Not all reasons
for retained placentas are known, but high incidence may indicate a disease problem. They commonly accompany
difficult births, multiple births and short gestations.
There are differing opinions as to the best treatment for retained placentas. Research
has shown that manual removal can cause complications that would not have happened otherwise. For cows with no
signs of abnormal vaginal discharges, good appetite and good milk production, no treatment may be best of all. If
antibiotics are to be placed in the uterus, care must be taken to prevent introduction of bacteria through
contaminated instruments or equipment. Boluses may reduce fertility of the cow. Antibiotics by injection or
intrauterine application requires attention to residue avoidance in the sale of the milk or animal for food.