Southwest Iowa Calving Clinic set for Jan. 23

Calves (Journal photo by Jennifer M. Latzke)

Southwest Iowa cattle producers, including 4-H and FFA members, are invited to attend a calving clinic Jan. 23 at St. Peters Catholic Church Parish Hall, in Defiance. In addition to classroom style learning, attendees also will have the opportunity for hands-on practice with delivering calves and dealing with dystocia cases utilizing a life-sized model cow and calf from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk said the educational program will offer valuable information about the basics about the birthing process, newborn calf care, and cow nutritional impacts.

“Using the model, we can place the calf in various positions so that participants must work to correct those undesirable positions before delivering the calf,” she said. “The session also provides a great opportunity to share questions and experiences with speakers and fellow cattle producers.”

In addition to Lundy-Woolfolk, presenters are Dr. Randie Culbertson, ISU Extension cow-calf specialist; Dr. Lynn Geoffroy, postdoc research associate with ISU VDPAM; and Dr. Brandi Huddle of the Shelby Vet Clinic in Shelby. The event is organized and hosted by Crawford and Shelby ISU extension offices.

The workshop begins at 6 p.m. and runs approximately three hours. A light supper will be served, and thanks to the generous support of the Crawford County and Shelby County Cattlemen there is no cost to participants. Preregistration by Jan. 19 is required to ensure adequate meal and space needs. Register by calling the Crawford County Extension office at 712-263-4697 or the Shelby County Extension office at 712-755-3104, or by emailing Jennifer Sellner in Shelby county.

For more information, contact either the Shelby County office or the Crawford County office.