Dystocia

Special Care for the Dystocia Calf

  • Calving difficulty, sometimes called dystocia, affects between 13 to 15 % of Holstein calves.
  • 48-hour survival rates drop drastically for calves when deliveries require 2 or more persons, mechanical or surgical intervention compared to unassisted births.
  • 120-day survival rates for calves when deliveries require 2 or more persons, mechanical or surgical intervention are 70 % less than unassisted births.
  • Treatment rates are higher for
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Managing the dystocia calf

Dystocia is defined as delayed or difficult parturition. General causes are fetal-maternal size mis-match, fetal malpresentation and maternal-related causes. Meyers et al reported that 50% of still-births were a direct result of dystocia.

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