With spring on our doorstep, we are looking back at last season’s assisted calvings.
The most common reason for the calving not progressing was a head-back, followed by the calf being too large for the dam.
Out of the 477 recorded calvings:
- Just under 40% were delivered via correction of presentation and traction.
- Around 26% had to be delivered through a foetotomy (cut up)
- 7% had a caesarian.
- 7% were euthanized on presentation.
Remember, based on last year's statistics the prognosis of the cow significantly decreases:
- Where the farmer has tried for more than 30 minutes before calling out the vet.
- In cows with signs of metabolic disease.
Take home message for this spring:
Have a good transition plan in place to minimise metabolic disease in spring. If you attempt to calve a cow and are not making any progress within 20 minutes, ring your KeyVet or the Farm Services team straight away.