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I NEED YOUR HELP, MY COW GAVE BIRTH TO A DEAD CALF ,WHAT WAS

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I NEED YOUR HELP, MY COW GAVE BIRTH TO A DEAD CALF ,WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?
Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear about the dead calf. The reasons for a cow to lose a calf are many and very difficult to definitively diagnose.

-If the calf was large and carried to term, there could have been problems with positioning that caused the calf to die during birth.

-If the calf was positioned normally, pre-term, and of normal size, bacterial and viral infections of the mother, or more commonly, infection that ascends up the vulva and infects the placenta could cause birth of a dead calf.

-If only one cow has produced a dead calf, it is probably an isolated incident and may not be worth pursuing. If more cows are aborting, an investigation is warranted. Submitting the fetus and placenta to a lab for necropsy (autopsy) may give you more information, but this must be done right away after delivery.

-Even with a necropsy, we often don't find a definitive cause for the dead calf in the absence of an outbreak and a lot of cows aborting.

I hope this is helpful. If so, please rate me positively, and don't hesitate to let me know what questions you have.
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Hi Vusi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Ziyavuma. How is everything going?

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