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26-2-2011 12:00 AM

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Perinatal calf mortality (PCM) refers to death loss from the time of calving through the first month of life. Previous USDA estimates put this loss at over 2.7 million calves ($976 million) annually, with nearly 70 percent coming within four days of calving. Financial estimates from a 1993 Colorado State University study put the cost of sick and dead calves at nearly $12.50 per weaned calf. This includes 35 pounds of lost weaning weight from each sick calf.

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Feb 26th, 12:00 AM

Preventing Perinatal Beef Calf Mortality

Perinatal calf mortality (PCM) refers to death loss from the time of calving through the first month of life. Previous USDA estimates put this loss at over 2.7 million calves ($976 million) annually, with nearly 70 percent coming within four days of calving. Financial estimates from a 1993 Colorado State University study put the cost of sick and dead calves at nearly $12.50 per weaned calf. This includes 35 pounds of lost weaning weight from each sick calf.