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close this bookBasic Husbandry Practices and Veterinary Care (IIRR, 1996, 60 p.)
View the documentForeword
View the documentBody parts of farm animals
View the documentNames of farm animals
View the documentFarm animals and their young
View the documentLivestock production
View the documentReproduction of poultry
View the documentBreeding
View the documentCare of calves and kids at birth
View the documentCare of piglets
View the documentFeeding orphaned animals
View the documentNutrition
View the documentDeworming
View the documentVaccination
View the documentCastration
View the documentHoof trimming
View the documentDehorning
View the documentClipping milk teeth of piglets
View the documentDisinfection of pen and equipment
View the documentWaste management and disposal
View the documentPesticides

Care of calves and kids at birth

When a calf has been delivered, check whether it is breathing. If not, do one or a combination of the following:

Grasp the animal's hindlegs and raise them so fluids will be drained.

- Swing or shake the animal.


- Clean its mouth by removing the mucus with your fingers.

- Tickle the nasal cavity with a piece of rice straw.
- Slap or gently massage the rib
- If these fail, do artificial respiration by blowing air into the mouth of the young animal.

When breathing has started, dry the young animal with a rough cloth. Dab the navel with diluted tincture of iodine. Help a weak animal suck colostrum (the first milk) from the mother.