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A late night calving

Pedigree Herefords Easter the calf


Gary and I live on a farm on the outskirts of South Molton


Nature never knows if it is day or night, just if the time is right. A cow was ready to calve and Gary got a knock on the door at 11am and asked if he would help.


This was a first calf as the heifer had spent most of last year touring around the show circuit, sweeping awards wherever she went.


But now she was uncomfortable, hormonal and cross. The farmer & Gary used a gate to keep her up one end of the shed and assessed how she was doing, not good and the calve was coming backwards. Time was now crucial, ropes and the calving jack were applied and nothing was happening.  Gary had suggested that they had done all they could and to call the vet, she must have heard as then she started to push.


Everything then happened quite quickly and a beautiful heifer calf was born, they got her up and hung her upside down as it was critical to get any fluid out and away from the lungs. They then got the first (and most valuable) milk into her and then headed off to bed, it was 1am.


Early next day they headed out to the barn, the calf wasn’t over its ordeal and they gave her some colostrum and after speaking with the vet who prescribed Metacam, she was also tube fed some glucose later in the day.


Day 1 and Easter the calf needs a lots of care

Boo & her calf Easter who is looking much better
Day 1 - Just having been tube fed, she was still quite poorly. Day 3 - What a difference? Up on her feet & feeding herself, feeling much bettter.


It took three days before she was up and about properly, they hope that she will follow in her mother’s footsteps perhaps at a show near you.


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Mole Valley Farmers

written by: Trudy Herniman

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