We are already well into the calving season and cattle producers have been thinking about the most likely and most costly hazards to their cows and calves. They can use this knowledge to plan for their prevention. Minimizing the risk of these hazards requires long- and near-term planning. Calving problems may occur because of factors of the calf or the dam.

Planning ahead for calving problems and close monitoring of the herd during calving can minimize the likelihood and cost of dystocia. Environmental conditions such as weather or physical hazards in the calving area are also important sources of injury to cows and calves. Planning to calve during favorable weather seasons and monitoring the environment for dangerous conditions minimizes the risk of these hazards.

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