beef cows and calves steve everts/iStock/Thinkstock

Watch calves for respiratory acidosis at birth

Cow/calf operators need to keep eye out for respiratory acidosis problems in newborn calves.

Despite the best efforts of animal genetics and cow/calf operators at bull selection and heifer development, the birthing process still results in some newborn livestock needing assistance at calving time.

Glenn Selk, emeritus animal scientist and editor of Oklahoma State University’s "Cow-Calf Corner" newsletter, reminded cattle producers that every baby calf has a certain degree of respiratory acidosis.

“Acidosis is the result of the deprivation of oxygen and the

All access premium subscription

This content requires a subscription to Feedstuffs in order to access. If you are a paid subscriber, use your email and password to Log In now.

Current Feedstuffs Subscribers: Online and mobile access are now included at no charge to you. To read this article, use your subscriber email and password to log-in to your account (or contact us for assistance in updating your account.)

Not Currently a Subscriber: Subscribe NOW to Feedstuffs and receive our print and/or digital publications, enewsletters and premium online content. Visit and click on Subscribe at the top of the page for more information.



TAGS: Beef
Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.