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Just thought some of you might be interested in the process, our first C-section in over 5 years. At least it was in the middle of the afternoon yesterday, rather than at 3 am.

A combo of a pretty big calf and a small heifer sometimes = a C-section. Sometimes the genetics just don't work, other than this calf our biggest out of the heifer bull has been 76 lbs. This one weighed 99 lbs, shouldn't have needed a C-section for this calf, even as heavy as it was. Mama has a one way ticket to the sale barn once she heals up. We'll either adopt the baby onto another cow or sell it to someone that needs the same thing
First Step - Shave the area

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Now wash and Sterilize the area!

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A needle and shot are used to freeze her... (area of Incision)

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The first incision!

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Making sure ONLY the right layers get cut

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Is that a FOOT?

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It is

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Out she comes...
The chains leave no marks on the calf.

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Successful operation, live mama, live baby.

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Now to put her back together

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The left overs are put back in (in order) so she can deliver her next calf in the natural way!

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Just a few more stitches and she'll be done

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And That's It

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This Orphan Calf is being Grafted on to a cow that lost her calf - The dead calf was skinned and that skin was put on the orphan calf to try to make this calf SMELL like her calf.  Once the calf nurses it will pass the cows Smell test - one hopes!l

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Inventive _ This Rancher has built a cage addition to his ATV - So he can Doctor Calves in the field Safely from Mama's

Photo's Thanks to Ranchers Post on Ranchers.net

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C-Section #2

"Triple_S" Had to do a c-section on a cow yesterday.  I've not got the pile of experience some of you have, so this was my first one.  Vet and I both felt the calf and it was confusing to say the least.  Besides the calf's intestines being outside its body, something didn't feel shaped right so we opted for a c-section.  I'll try to keep the pics as clean as possible but the vet was all pumped up about this calf.  He called it all kind of scientific names and said to take pictures cause we may not ever get to see another one like this again (I sure hope not)
*Vet's tech doing the cutting

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*Vet up to his elbows

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*Four feet at once, this can't be good

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*Calf, we knew, was Dead and was completly deformed.  His spine was short and did a 180°  turn upwards, putting his rear right over his head.  The odd part was it was all kinda fused together if that makes any sense

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*uterus all sown-up is put  back in Place

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*almost done

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*All finished up.  Vet and his tech did an impressive job.  He says there was    no cause for it, just one of those things that happens.

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