Down Cows


Type: Webpage, Video
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

This webpage has easy-to-read information and also includes a couple videos for some of the more complicated manoeuvres to get down cows back on their feet.

This webpage was produced by DairyNZ and briefly discusses down cows, prevention, treatment and techniques that can be employed to promote recovery.  It includes more detailed information on treatment management plans and nursing down cows, with the requirements for treatment to promote recovery and reduce the animal’s stress.

Key sections include:

  • Preventing down cows;
  • Managing down cows;
  • Causes; and
  • Use of hip lifters.

Whilst the diagnosis of down cows isn’t thoroughly discussed as there can be many causes, this webpage is a quick read that will give you a basic understanding of the causes and treatment of cows that have laid down on their chest or side and remain unable to rise.

2018 - New Zealand - DairyNZ
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