Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
1HE U1HBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, April >3, John Hester positions calf with Jim Calderwood Forefeet and nose start birth Lifesavcr pulling9 gives higher net returns Puller brings calf from mother Mother licks calf dry to finish birth By RIC SIHHAKT Herald Staff Writer When Mother NnUirc slips up man can sometimes como 10 the rescue rind I he rancher likely helps most during calv- :ng season when complications cijn cause large cnlf losses. A Irip to the Jiome of John Hotter, manager of the Jaola Karnj and Ranch livestock operation is miles west of Fort Macleod in the Porcupine Hills, Easier Friday gave Tha Herald n chance lo a calf saved through mamml bitlli. Jim Calcic nvootl, owner of the ranching company, has provided John with a modern, well lit calving barn When the t-ows become rep.dy to calve, ihcy arc herded into the barn where the calf can be born in dry surroundings on a blanket of sotl hay. When a cow gives indications of calving trouble, the rancher must be quick to give assis- tance or the and possibly the mother could die. The first step is to tie tho head of t he m ot her cow in order to keep in a sU- position so Hie rancher can work wlhout any irsfcr- riipticns. A preliminary investigation ot lh.2 rcprtxluclion tract is iirst done by reaching into the vagina. By feeling the unborn calf, the rancher cnn tell if It is in the proper location or position. The particular cow hcing as- sisted by John was a Hereford. The calf was one quartcr of R turn the proper posi- tion, with the head and body Miflhtly on the side. The proper location for the ralf as it is ready to be born is the diver's position with Iho head between the forelegs, belly down. Once this Is assured, a small chain Is looped around the forelegs, one slightly ahead of (he other. The leg position ts vital ai ft turns the calf's shoulders to narrow width. The pulling device is very simple, with a wide U-shaped resting unit which is to the rachet jack which does tho actual pulling. The U is placed btlo-.v Hie vagina opening. A loop is put across tbe rump of the cow to hold the rest la place. To make sure tho bend Ja placed right, hvino is put be- bird Ilie. cars and tticn gently pulled out. With guidng hands, Ihc ealf Is brought lo the ing. Hc-iiif' careful to k-jqi Ilia pulling device in a downward position, the first part of tbo Ciilf enters a new world. Tho pulf must be in a down- ward arc to end at the heels oj the cow to follow the natural birth pattern. Once (he actual birth la started. Uic calf is pulled quickly fi'om the opening. It is dropped on the floor. The chain was removed and then John and Jim grabbed it by Tie liind legs and swung it, head down, or three times. This action clears the trils and throat of any thick m Liens which had formed dur- ing the development to fiiriliU.le breatiling. Once llw calf wa.s on the ground, thn mother immcd- ir.'oly moved to it io Jick it dry. The fifterbirlh soon followed from I he mother. This is act- ually li'e third stage of the Ijirth cycle. If it (placenta) doesn't como out of the mother naturally, Ihn rancher has to clean it out of (he reproductive tract ma mi ally. At last report both mother nnrl the lIcrcford-TJrown Swiss cross heifer calf were doing SIIF.EP MARKI'T The l.elbbridgc piibJic .stock- yards received 492 sheep and Inmhs the week ending Marvh 4.