MU Extension Calving Clinic was well-attended

| December 18, 2017
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FAYETTE, Mo. (PRESS RELEASE) – The evening of December 7 a calving clinic was held at Howard County Veterinary Services with 16 producers in attendance.

Dr. Ben Potter, DVM and Dr. Jessica Stroupe, DVM presented talks covering parturition, and post-partum and neonatal care, respectively. Following the talks, participants had the opportunity to put their learning into action by participating in hands-on learning and exploration stations.

One phantom uterus was set up allowing participants experience pulling different positioned calves. An additional cadaver calf was used to demonstrate the correct way to tube feed using an esophageal feeder.

Participants were then allowed to practice this skill. Live cows were available in the corral for practice on guessing weights and body condition scores.

With calving season right around the corner, the information presented was well received by all who attended. Some participant comments included:

· “Thank you for providing this. I learned a lot.”

· “This is the type of programming Howard County needs.”

· “This was great. The hands-on part was amazing.”

The University of Missouri Extension Office would like to thank Howard County Veterinary Services for the use of their facilities, Omer Conrow and David Kunze for providing the cows, John and Beverly Dometrorch for the cadaver calves, and the Howard County 4-H for providing the chairs.

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