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Poll: Weather main cause of death for calves this calving season

Published on 11 May 2018

Most Progressive Cattleman readers said weather was the main cause of calf mortality this calving season.

In a recent online poll, Progressive Cattleman asked, “What was the top cause of death loss in calves in your herd this calving season?”

There was a good diversity of answers. Only 10 percent said predators were the top cause of death, while 14 percent said dystocia was the major contributor to calf mortality on their operations. Another 19 percent said scours was the top cause of death. However, the 37 percent majority said weather was the main cause of calf morality this calving season. The remaining 20 percent said it was another cause other than the options listed.  end mark

What was the top cause of death loss in calves in your herd this calving season?

  • Scours: 19%

  • Weather: 37%

  • Predators: 10%

  • Dystocia: 14%

  • Other: 20%

 

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