Proper Calving Position By: Julie Sherrod

Calving can be a very difficult process. there are many different things that could possibly go wrong. the female can go into distress or the baby could come out already dead, also known as a still birth. These are all problems but one major problem during calving is not having the correct calving position.

This is the correct calving position.

The correct calving position is similar to the human birthing position because the head of a calf should be one of the first things to come out. the front feet of the calf should be coming out first with the head not long behind it. If the head isn't coming out first then the Calving position is wrong. Furthermore, the back legs should be tucked under the body, like the picture above. This position helps to making birthing the calf easier as well as to help keep the cow that is calving and the calf safe from injury. this is the only correct calving position However, there many wrong positions.

This position is wrong for many reasons. The major one is the calf is upside down. With the calf upside down it causes everything else to be wrong. Now the legs are in the wrong place and aren't the first thing to come out.

This calf is also in a very wrong position. If the head doesn't come first it puts even more stress on the cow during delivery. Furthermore, it could damage the animal since the head would be coming out last it could have problems getting out of the uterus.

There is only one problem with this calving position, the legs are not out in front. This could make calving slightly harder on the cow. Along with this it could damage the limbs of the animal if they were to get stuff on their way out of the uterus.

This position is also only slightly wrong. The only problem is that only one leg is in the correct position. IF the calf came out like this it could damage the mother and possibly the Calf's leg.

This Position is very wrong and very damaging to the calf. The calf's neck is bent back and causing the head to be in the wrong position. This makes it more difficult for the cow to give birth. It could also damage the head of the calf.

Incorrect calving positions.

If the calf is upside down like the picture in the top far left corner, you simply need to roll the calf over. You can do this with chains or your hands. for the next picture when the calf is coming rear first you need to do the same thing. You will just have to twist it a little differently then the other. For the third and fourth picture the only thing that needs to be done is pulling one or both of the legs up in front. AGain you can do this using chains or your hands. Finally, for the last one which can be fairly complicated. You need to pull the head of the calf while pushing the body farther into the uterus at the same time to correct the position.


Being a farmer of a cow that is about to give birth one thing that is important is watching the animal to make sure it is safe. Make sure to monitor the cow and check how dilated the cow is. If at all possible call a veterinarian to assist with the birth. Don't assist the animal if it doesn't need help this can injure the calf and the mother. If you do need to assist the birth you should put chains on the calf and help pull only when the animal is pushing. If the animal is resting and you pull you could cause the uterus to prolapse which can kill the calf and the cow. Furthermore, one very important thing is sanitation. If you are going to use your hands make sure they are clean and put gloves on.

Calving can be difficult at times but, if you know the proper position it can be much easier. Remember don't pull on the calf if the animal is not pushing. THis can kill the baby and its mother. Furthermore Sanitation is very important in calving.

Oh and don't forget calving is just "the circle of life" - Lion King.


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