Students learn to save calves

First Posted: 3/3/2011

LUMBERTON The second annual Cape Fear Cattle Conference was recently held at the Southeastern Agricultural Center and Farmers Market in Lumberton.

Dr. Dee Whittier, a Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and Beef Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension, performed a live calf pulling demonstration to educate producers on how and when to pull calves. He used a sedated live calf and a set of pelvis bones from a cow to show different options for pulling calves. This gave the attendees an inside look of how the calf can be turned inside the cow.

Dr. Mark Alley, a North Carolina State University Veterinary School and Extension Veterinarian, spoke about weaning and cow-calf herd health and management including low stress weaning options for calves.

More than 11 agricultural vendors had booths set up at the conference.

For information, contact Michelle Shooter, North Carolina Cooperative Extension livestock agent in Robeson County, at (910) 671-3276 or by e-mail at [email protected] For cattle information, visit North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center website at

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