Pitfalls in bovine obstetrics and how to avoid them



Oultram, JW and Holman, AN
(2015) Pitfalls in bovine obstetrics and how to avoid them. Livestock, 20 (1). 20 - 26.

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Abstract

<jats:p> Obstetrics is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding tasks in farm animal work but conversely it is one of the more stressful, requiring sound decision making under pressure. Due to the vagaries of nature, the majority of obstetrical cases occur at night when farm staff may be in short supply and veterinary back up may not always be available. It must be appreciated that it is a demanding time for all involved; the cow, farmer and veterinary surgeon. This article cannot cover every eventuality and does not set out to describe every obstetrical presentation, but rather to provide guidelines which will aid decision making when calving cows. To paraphrase McLintock 2004 (from Mee 2008) ‘There is no such thing as an easy calving … just varying degrees of difficulty … from the dam's perspective’. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 08:48
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 07:12
DOI: 10.12968/live.2015.20.1.20
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2010401