Providing assistance to cows or first calf heifers generally concentrates on the survival and health of the calf. However, calving difficulty resulting in prolonged labor can have adverse effects on the cow as well.
Producers who want to improve the genetic makeup of their beef herds often turn to AI as a tool to accomplish that goal. Many times, these producers have very high expectations as they begin the first season of AI.
Time is of the essence when a calving cow or heifer has a situation where the calf is coming backwards. If the umbilical cord is totally pinched by the pelvic rim, the calf can only survive about four minutes.