Sire selection and paying attention to Estimated Progeny Differences are the key to avoiding calving problems. according to North Dakota State University Extension Veterinarian Dr. Gerald Stokka. “Once we understood the value of EPDs, the number of C-sections done in clinics has dramatically declined.” said Stokka. “I’m less concerned about growth rates especially out of first calf heifers, I’m more concerned whether we have a live calf or not.” Stokka also said that trying to underfeed a cow to avoid heavy birthweights in calves can actually cause more harm in the long run. “What you feed the cow with a calf in utero has lifelong consequences for that calf so it’s important to feed these cows right.”
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