Calving difficulty, sometimes called dystocia, affects between 13 to 15 percent of Holstein calves.
Compared to unassisted births, the 48-hour survival rate drops drastically for calves when deliveries require two or more people, mechanical or surgical intervention. Treatment rates for scours and pneumonia also are higher for dystocia calves compared to calves experiencing unassisted births.
"Providing special care, both in the first few hours and first two weeks, can cut both death losses and treatments for scours and/or pneumonia," says Sam Leadley, calf management specialist with Attica (N.Y.) Veterinary Associates, in the latest issue of Calving Ease newsletter.
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Source: Calving Ease, January 2012