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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

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