Prolapsed uterus is a relatively common reason for vets to be called out during the spring season. It is estimated to occur approximately 1 in 10,000 calvings. Because it can look quite horrific to the cow, we often get asked the question: is it worth culling you out to put this back in? A NZ study of 103 cows is summarised below:
- 4 out of 5 cows survive after the uterus has been replaced (81.6%).
- 3 out of the remaining 4 alive cows got back in calf following mating season (77.9%).
These are very reasonable odds, so definitely call us out as soon as possible the next time you have one of these!
- Dan Cragg