Amazing tip for calving: farmer puts feed on newborn baby!

Calving is a risk period for diseases like mastitis and ketoses. We want no more diseases! To prevent them, you need to maximize feed and water intake directly after giving birth.

This smart farmer knows that and puts the feed on the baby. The mother can eat directly while licking the calf clean. Amazing!

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Video made by certified CowSignals trainer Marcel Drint. Farmer: Jan van de Hengel.

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Comments (11)


Licking the calf is more then dry him off,licking stimulates breathing and circulation.This is important in case when calf not breathing spontaneously or in cases when monter is not interested on calf.In this cases a little concentrate or bran on calf neck(medula oblongata) is more then enough.Think this is overmuch,(rough throwing this amount of food, especially if we consider BSC of this cow).Licking is more a making bond between calf and mother. Certainly taking maximum amount of food and water is key to healthy enter of lactation,but this 10 minutes is exclusively for mother and child.

Subodh kumar

I endorse. This time is exclusively for mother and child affection to develop. In Indian breeds of cows, calving proceeds in natural manner without any difficulty , and mother does not require to be stimulated in to licking the calf by covering the calf with any feed .


Is er iets bekend over hoe die grote (gigantische) uiers van koeien hun welzijn beïnvloeden? (bewegingsvrijheid, frustratie, etc.)?


Anne-Marieke, praat je uit ervaring?
Dit is een normaal uier voor een oudere koe.

Qiao guohua

amazing. in china, we also use bran for postpartum cows.

Anouk Brinkhoff

Hi everybody, thanks for letting is know what you think! Good to know!

Anne-Marieke: We see that 50% of holstein calves do not drink enough with their mothers in the first 24 hours together.
Partly due to big udders, bad motherhood qualities, stress around calving.
Big udders are not a problem for the cow normally…

Mark Hallett -Dago Dairy

We give four aspirin tablets to the cow to ease pain. Is this common? What do you think?


Apirin is not drug registrated for animal use,there is many analgetics for animal use.The goal is easy calving, good pre and post calving managemant, good environment and no pain for fresh cows.


Thanks for your replies! However, do you have scientific evidence that big udders are not a problem for the cow? I can imagine big udders do hamper the cows in their behaviour (i.e. lying/walking, running!!), which might even lead to frustration? Any studies you know? I have been looking myself (as a PhD student in Animal Welfare -dairy cattle) but could not find much yet.. I think in order to really say something about this issue it should be studied rather than 'just' being interpreted? Correct me if I am wrong and if your comment is backed by science Joep!

And..Frans it it doesn't matter that it is 'normal' (besides.. what is normal?) for dairy cows to have big udders, if they do suffer from it it is a bad thing anyways. Experience or not with dairy cows does not have to do anything with this issue...? However, I do have a lot of experience with dairy cows and I am always wondering about this, seeing their difficulty with walking (e.g. swinging their back legs around their udders)..

Joep Driessen

Mark Hallett -Dago Dairy wrote:
We give four aspirin tablets to the cow to ease pain. Is this common? What do you think?

Use of painkiller with heavy birth is defenitely recommended!

Joep Driessen

@ Anne Marieke: Perhaps I should nuance my earlier statement. You see a lot of " funny walks". Not really funny because cows walk "around" a full udder. You can see it is limiting cows in their movement.

Perhaps you'll also find this blog interesting: Perhaps rubbing hock or sandpaper inner hock is also a signals udders are (too?) big.

Please do a survey and keep me posted! Kind regards joep

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