After breeder loses calf under unique circumstances, OSU Extension Service hosts calving seminar in Prineville

(Update: added video, breeder comments, OSU extension service)

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) — An unfortunate situation at a Crook County ranch now leads to an educational program for any interested rancher.

Dennis Doherty’s cows enjoyed a good meal on a sunny spring day at Red Willow Ranch east of Redmond on Thursday.

But a few weeks ago, when a cow gave birth, things got complicated.

“We just didn’t have the experience to do it. We pulled calves, not a problem. Just not a big, upside down and upside down,” Doherty said.

With the help of a neighbor, Doherty and her family were able to save the cow, but unfortunately not the calf.

“We did a lot of good things, we did a lot of good things and the result was bad. Not as bad as it might have been if we had lost the mother,” Doherty said.

Dennis realized he could use more emergency calving training, and knew he was not alone.

He called the Oregon State University Extension Service to see how they could help, and Scott Duggan, a breeding officer, decided to help bring back a calving school that they had done in the past.

“We had to send a few emails back and forth to get a date that worked for everyone, but their willingness to help was really great,” Duggan said.

Duggan said doctors and specialists were more than happy to help.

He said the OSU extension is meant to be the bridge between OSU research and the livestock and agriculture community.

“OSU Extension is in the community and doing its best to answer these questions,” Duggan said.

The course will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Crook County Extension Service Building in Prineville.

These classes will help Dennis and other breeders be better prepared to help their cows in an emergency labor situation.

“It’s like childbirth for a mother. It’s like CPR for a heart patient. You have to have the training first, because you don’t want to learn ‘on the job’ per se,” Doherty said.

Doherty says he is grateful for the quick response and support from OSU Extension, but hopes his future calving will be easier.

“Hopefully we can get some valuable insights out of it and never use it again,” Doherty said.

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