Caring for Special Needs of Calves
We have about 550 calves born every year. Thankfully, most of these calves have normal, healthy births. Just like humans, however, out of 550 births there will be a few with complications.
This cute little calf was born with a very minor defect. Its legs were bent inside its mother’s uterus, which caused its tendons to be short and tight. The calf could not straighten out its feet to walk properly. We have about one calf born like this every year.
To help stretch this calf’s tendons, we slit a length of PVC pipe to gently fit over the calf’s leg and hold his hooves straight. We wrap the splint with vet wrap tape to hold it securely in place. This allows the calf’s hooves to be held in proper position and gradually stretches the tendons to the proper length. We keep the splints on for three to four weeks and the calves have a complete recovery. We are happy to provide for the needs of this calf and every other one that is born on our dairy farm!