Management of beef heifers during and after calving

Agriculture Victoria - Geoff Kroker, Bendigo and Lisa Clarke, Hamilton

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Farm Table says:

Interesting article on the management of beef heifers during and after calving. I was suprised at how quickly the calving process occurs in heifers after the water bag is visible.

This article talks about the management of beef heifers during and after calving and how to manage your herd to reduce losses.

The items covered in this article are:

  • Managing calving heifers before calving
  • Managing calving heifers during calving
  • Managing calving heifers after calving

Key points were as follows:

  • The most important factor during calving is to minimise the loss of any heifers or calves during calving.
  • Keep a close eye on heifers from a distance, watch for signs of calving (mucus, springing etc.) and only intervene if necessary.
  • It’s a good idea to keep heifers in a close paddock near your house or cattle yards for frequent checking and easy movement if calving assistance is required.
  • Examination of a heifer should occur if a calf is not born within 3 hours of the water bag becoming visible.
  • If a heifer appears weak and is unable to calve with your assistance, a vet should be called in as soon as possible.
  • Heifers having their first calf can be unsure at first, it’s a good idea to keep the heifer and calf in a yard together initially until the calf is drinking successfully.
1994 - Australia - Agriculture Victoria - Geoff Kroker, Bendigo and Lisa Clarke, Hamilton
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