In a CornellUniversity study of navel dipping, calves with non-dipped navels had an 18-percent death rate compared to 7 percent in calves with dipped navels.

Furthermore, calves with untreated navel infections gained an average of 5.5 pounds less weight by three months of age than calves without infections.

Experts also believe there is a strong correlation between navel infections and umbilical hernias.

Proper navel dipping with 7% iodine and clean surroundings are keys to preventing navel infections.

An article in the February 2009 issue of Bovine Veterinarian discusses navel infections and umbilical hernias. Click here to access it.