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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Cow about to calve

Picture © zakgirlsfarm 2009

This is Glynis. She was one of our stud Murray Grey cows who calved in 2004.

What is she doing? She is kicking at her side from the discomfort of something inside her. (Yep, there's a calf in there)...

The photo, to the untrained eye, may look something quite revolting or even rude with that line of white goopy stuff coming out of her vagina, but to the cattle farmer it shows imminent birth; this cow is about to give birth to its calf.

The average length of time for a cow to carry a calf to birthing is around 283 days or 9 months and 7 days. As a general easy calculation I always take the month of joining say March and count ten months to December and guestimate that the cow will calve around December.

Cows do pretty well calving on their *own and it is always best to leave them to themselves if you can. The less interference the greater the chance the cow will calve without problems.

*Any cows that need assistance should be *culled. If you do however, need to assist there are rules you should follow. More about that in another days blogging.

Note: To anyone who is interested, I have video footage of this cow calving. If you would like a copy, please leave a note on this blog. Contact: Zak

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