Cow-calf corner: Getting calves to start breathing quickly

 Resize text         Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

In Cow-Calf Corner this week, Glenn Selk explains the importance of getting a calf to breathe as quickly as possible after birth.

Comments (1) Leave a comment 

e-Mail (required)


characters left

VA  |  February, 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM

I also like to prop the newborn calf up on his chest (sternal recumbency) on a SLIGHT downhill angle, using straw bedding or whatever is available. Flex the front legs underneath it. Make sure it does not just lie on one side for long, as it needs both lung lobes to inflate. Other methods of inducing respiration I have heard of are pricking the nose with a needle, inserting a finger in the anus, and in Europe they pour a bucket of cold water on the calf's head.

HPX 4x4 Diesel

Not only is the Gator HPX 4x4 the fastest choice in the John Deere Work Utility Vehicle line-up (with a top ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Leads to Insight