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
enlarge 66KB, 640x457 2 xy DSC02179 Now wash and Sterilize the area!
enlarge 35KB, 457x640 3 xy DSC02180 A needle and shot are used to freeze her... (area of Incision)
enlarge 54KB, 459x640 4 xy DSC02181 The first incision!
enlarge 60KB, 456x640 5 xy DSC02182 Making sure ONLY the right layers get cut
enlarge 62KB, 456x640 6 xy DSC02183 Is that a FOOT?
enlarge 56KB, 460x640 7 xy DSC02184 It is
enlarge 54KB, 457x640 8 xy DSC02185 Out she comes... The chains leave no marks on the calf.
enlarge 55KB, 455x640 9 xy DSC02189 Successful operation, live mama, live baby.
enlarge 50KB, 640x457 10 xy DSC02191 Now to put her back together
enlarge 57KB, 456x640 11 xy DSC02186 The left overs are put back in (in order) so she can deliver her next calf in the natural way!
enlarge 71KB, 640x460 12 xy DSC02192 Just a few more stitches and she'll be done
enlarge 73KB, 640x461 13 xy DSC02193 And That's It
enlarge 83KB, 640x480 14 Graftcalfenjoyingthefruitsofhisneig 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
enlarge 76KB, 640x480 15 Twoforthepriceofone 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
enlarge 56KB, 640x480 16 DSC00068 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
enlarge 55KB, 640x478 17 DSC00071 *Vet up to his elbows
enlarge 81KB, 640x480 18 DSC00074 *Four feet at once, this can't be good
enlarge 92KB, 640x480 19 DSC00092 *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
enlarge 87KB, 640x480 20 DSC00085 *uterus all sown-up is put back in Place
enlarge 80KB, 640x480 21 DSC00086 *almost done
enlarge 71KB, 640x478 22 DSC00094 *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.