Farm Table says:
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.