Newborn Resuscitation Dos and Don’ts

This article comes to us from the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada. We'll be including future articles in this series that include newborn calf management practices and intervention strategies to help producers create positive calving outcomes. For those of you raising small ruminants, check out these resuscitation tips and then check the link for Bill Fosher's excellent article on saving hypothermic lambs. Calving is a natural process and most cows give birth to a healthy calf and everything goes as planned. However, there are times when things go wrong. Perhaps there is a malpresentation, such as a backwards arrival, or the calf’s foot is back. In some cases, perhaps calves do not take their first breath after a difficult labor. In this video, you'll see Dr. Claire Windeyer demonstrate these tips for getting a calf up and going as soon as possible (Spoiler: do not hang them upside down): Put the calf in the rescue position. Position the calf in the with both front legs tucked underneath their chest or out in front of them and back legs on each side of the body, pulled towards its head. Thi

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