- Bring into the shed, either the vet race or the herring bone. If the cow is likely to go down make sure she can get up easily from where you are examining her.
- Wash off any muck around the vulva before putting your hand in - cleanliness is very important. Use warm water with antiseptic. Use plenty of lubricant.
Rule 1: If you put your hand in and don’t know what is going on straight away – call the vet.
Rule 2: If you know the problem and the solution, but know you are unable to handle the
problem – call the vet.
Rule 3: If you know the problem and the solution, but you haven’t got it out in 30 mins - call the vet.
Delays may adversely affect the cow and/or calf.
- Once you have calved the cow, always put your hand back in to check for any damage to the cow and check to make sure there aren’t twins. Inject oxytocin to help expel the membranes, mark cow down on at risk list for metricure in 14 days. Dose the cow with starter drench, and inject B12 to stimulate appetite.