Having a cow in Utrecht?

Its that time of year when you read some extraordinary things.

and here we have, courtesy of Beef Magazine

The Utrecht Technique

If your heifer or cow needs assistance calving, helping her deliver the way nature intended can lead to more success.

One of the writers passions in veterinary medicine, besides beef production medicine, was teaching veterinarians and producers an easier way to deliver calves. He would always start off  his instructions with the numbers 15 and 3. If you have to assist more than 15% of your heifers and 3% of your adult cows, you have a problem that needs attention and it’s most likely your genetics.

That being said, anyone who calves out heifers will likely have to assist one every so often. The Utrecht technique that he learned about 30 years ago from Bob Mortimer at Colorado State University is the easiest way to deliver a calf, in my opinion. It’s easy on the human, the cow and the calf. So despite the cow looking a little tied up, the technique named after our city is the best! Strange but true.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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