Posted 5/13/2019 06:29 (#7494302 - in reply to #7493269) Subject: RE: Good thing this cow didn't calve with nature....(pic)
Mal presented calves are a result of over fat cows, more so than exercise. I have had cows locked in small lots and even tied up all winter over the yrs. Very little exercise at all, other than stand up and eat - Play with how fat they are and it changes how much calving trouble there is, radically.
I think exercise also helps, but isn't the determining factor.
If you watch a cow that seems to be having trouble getting things lined up, she'll lay down, get up, lay down, switch sides, stretch out, nearly roll onto her back..etc.. Move all around, before she really gets to pushing.. If they're fat, they're lazy, and seem to give up pushing easier too.