|A little hair cut and the area numbed and sterilized|
before the incision is made. This is very similar
to C-Section in humans (except for spinal block) the
heifer felt no pain during the procedure.
There are many small details that happen during the birth of a calf that ignites the cow/heifers instinct to be motherly to their new young. If that is disrupted the cow may reject their new calf. Not to mention the beginning few hours of a calf's life will dictate how well he will survive the rest of his life. They need colostrum within hours of birth to give them the strength to live and antibodies to build a strong immune system. As soon as we got the new family home we put them in the barn. The heifer was as expected exhausted so while she rested we took over her job for a while to make sure the calf would survive and remain healthy. We rubbed him dry with some straw and nearly clean (leaving some of the fluids on him will help her accept him), made him a bottle of colostrum, (and another dose a couple hours later), and put him in a safe corner where the heifer could see him but not hurt him as she stood back up again later. By evening the calf was walking around and searching for dinner. The heifer was starting to except him but wasn't too sure about letting him nurse. We put her back in the chute and let the calf nurse were we could keep her from kicking him and where we could help him learn where the food comes from. By morning the heifer was starting to love him more and was letting him nurse!! We have kept them close to the barn for the past few days so we could keep a close eye on her to make sure she was back to normal and was not fighting an infection and to make sure the calf was able to get enough to eat.
|A few days post surgery. She is healing well and |
the baby is doing great!!