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Cattle production: Dealing with placenta that didn’t discharge

Question: My cow calved, but the placenta wasn’t totally discharged. What can I do to help my cow?

  • When a cow has calved, but not discharged the entire placenta, you should acquire pessaries from your local co-op or veterinarian as quickly as possible.
  • This is a pill that is inserted with the help of an apparatus through the animal’s reproductive organ and into the womb.
  • In addition, the cow could also, depending on her weight, be administered 20 ml to 30 ml penicillin to the muscular tissue of the leg or neck.
  • If the womb isn’t clear after 2 or 3 days, a second pessary will be needed.
  • It also helps to administer 5 ml Ferrojex 10 to the muscular tissue of the leg or neck, as the iron injection will help the cow recover quicker after calving.

Also read: Livestock production: Assisted calving

  • This article was written by Cois Harman and first appeared in Farming SA.

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