Ensuring a smooth delivery of a healthy, productive calf begins with the care the heifer or cow receives.
Calves are not only a product of genetic selection and early growth, but their experiences as a developing calf. The longterm effects of calf management, both in early life but predominantly in the prenatal period, can be easily overlooked since there is a significant separation in time between cause and effect, especially if effects are seen later in life.
Calves are not only a product of genetic selection and early growth, but of their experiences as a developing calf.
Delivery is a high-risk time for both the calf and the cow. Each needs special attention, even after a smooth delivery. If there are problems during delivery even more attentive care is needed to help the cow and calf recover. Great calving management sets the dam up for a productive lactation and successful re-breeding, and the calf can start life on the right track.