My Cow Just Calved! Now What?


Candi JohnsIt is an exciting time when you welcome your first calf to your homestead or farm. It can also be confusing and stressful. Here are some things you can expect and how we handle them around here.

Please contact your vet if your cow needs medical attention. I am not a vet and not qualified to diagnose or treat any medical issues. This article is intended for informational purposes only. These are some generalizations as to what you may be able to expect the first week after your cow calves. Your particular case may require a professional — please don't hesitate to call the vet.


By far, the most asked questions on my blog come from folks dealing with a cow who just had a calf ... also know as "became fresh" ... also know as just gave birth.

The first week is a tricky one filled with shock, surprises and sometimes panic.

I have been through this whole "first week" thing several times with several cows and no longer panic at the sight of an udder about to burst open. Or the fact that my hands, and even the electric milk pump, are powerless against the explosive characteristics of a newly enlightened udder.

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