Some calves may be sluggish to correct respiratory acidosis shortly after birth.
"It's important to remember that every baby calf has a certain degree of respiratory acidosis, one reason why producers need to keep as close an eye as possible on newborns," says Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus livestock specialist.
Acidosis is the result of oxygen deprivation and accumulation of carbon dioxide that results from passage of the calf through the birth canal. The excess of carbon dioxide results in a buildup of lactic acid.
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