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Pulled a Calf at Midnight tonight!
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Willy-N    Posted 06-28-2003 at 01:01:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad Shelby noticed or we would probley lost both of them. Now she has a 85 pound Bull Calf and the Mother is OK. Just did not want to come out!! It was on its feet in about 15 minuits too and nursing. What a great ending to a long day. Mark H.

WallSal55    Posted 06-28-2003 at 08:23:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband had that experience this last spring,
but lost the calf. When he found her, everything
going well, except knew it had to be pulled.
Called the vet. The mother had fallen down, so
the vet leaves to get his apparatus to get her
back up. Meanwhile, my husband observes the mother still pushing, and he could not do the
pulling alone w/vet gone. So, he watched the
calf then struggle and lost it. Vet returns,
too late.
So, my question, can they still deliver laying
down? Or, do they have to be standing up?
(I think I remember my dad as a Last Resort
would use tractor and chain???) Dad was always
alone most of the time on the farm.
What do you think/know?

Burrhead    Posted 06-28-2003 at 11:45:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
toolman is right Sal- laying down or standing up is fine. Here's the way I do it and aint lost a cow or calf in years to birthing problems. If the chute is too small or the calf is turned wrong you can still delivery alright.

When I have to pull a calf and it's a 1st time mama or the calf is just naturally too big
I headstall the mama to a post or my pickup bumper, then go back to the delivery end and take my pocket knife and open the chute.

Then after the calf is out I sew mama back up with fishing line for a week or so while I give some antibiotics to keep out infection.

Most times taking the stitches out gets alots more dangerous than the delivery.

WallSal55    Posted 06-28-2003 at 17:03:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, This one was coming breech. I'll pass this
on to my husband--the same cow is going to calf

Burrhead    Posted 06-28-2003 at 19:13:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd keep and eye on the gal next time but most times they don't breech real regular. With the small cut in the bottom side of the lip a man can get both hands in and turn the calf just fine.

I called my local vet when our milk cow had the same problem years ago. Me and the vets Mama went to church together for years.

The 1st thing he did was show me how to do the calf deal myself.

When I asked him what I owed him and why he came out so late he said his Mama would spank his rump if something happened to my wife's cow. I owed him $15 for coming out, and the reason he showed me how was because he was'nt coming again.

I still get alaff out his grumpy bedside attitude.

toolman    Posted 06-28-2003 at 09:19:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
they can deliver layin down just fine , most of ours used to deliver this way, mostly when they have problems is when the calf gets turned and isn,t comming out the right way, then they need help.

BW    Posted 06-28-2003 at 01:30:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad to hear of the save ,it brings back the memory of my first taste of farm work as a snotty nose kid all of eight years old , helpped pull one on my first day ....
Bill g.

Willy-N    Posted 06-28-2003 at 06:10:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
5 Hours sleep later and there doing great! Leaving for a car show in 45 miniuts. Going to drive the Power Wagon to it. It is about 45 miles away should be a nice drive. Sure am tired! Mark H.

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