At risk cows

At-risk cows

Record keeping starts at calving


Knowing what happened to your cows at calving time is very useful when it comes to planning your mating season.  Hopefully most of your herd will calve without too much trouble, but those cows that do have problems should be on your at-risk cow list. 

Cows to include on your at-risk list are:

  • Difficult calving
  • Twins
  • Dead calves
  • Induced cows
  • Retained membranes
  • Abnormal discharge from vagina
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Metabolic disease
  • Sick cows
  • Thin cows at calving.

The best way to deal with these cows is to treat them early and aggressively so that they are celan and ready to get pregnant when mating starts.  Keep a list of at-risk cows and every one or two weeks (depending on how quickly the list grows) get us out to examine them.  A routine weekly or fortnightly vist is recommended.

Sick cows should be seen to immediately.

At the very least at-risk cows should be looked at in two groups.  A vet visit should be booked 3 - 4 weeks before mating for the early calving cows.  This will give any treatments given enough time to work.  Late-calving at-risk cows can be checked as a separate mob at a later date.

Cows with normal calvings can also get uterine disease and often the only way of picking this up is with a whole herd metricheck.  Again, this is best done at least 3 weeks prior to mating with later calvers getting checked at a later date.