Twisted Uterus Brings Down a Cow

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Tempest afternoon of c-section

I started this timeline to track all of the events that were happening to our cow, Tempest. I fully expected her to survive and be put back with the herd. But that is not how it turned out. Tempest died exactly one week after we found her down. At first I wasn’t going to post this to the blog. On my facebook page, Lorinda asked me to post the information to help others recognize the problem in their own cows. The vet said he sees this maybe once a year. We should only see it once a life time. Hope he is right. We are very blessed to have multiple excellent vets in our area.

Friday: notice Tempest not feeling well (lying in an odd location with her head held high); decide to take to vet on Monday
Saturday: looking in on her, chewing cud looked okay

Sunday morning: Tempest found down in mud couldn’t get up. Pulled her out of the lot. Made a pen of gates around her with straw. Called the vet.
Sunday afternoon: vet not sure what is wrong. checked the size of calf. gave her IV. induced labor to save calf. Slim to no chance given to survive the night. propped her upright with hay bales. check on her every half hour
Sunday night: midnight found her standing; drank and ate hay.

morning: nice weather kept her outside
noon: put her in a calving pen in the shed before storm; ate and drank
afternoon: noticeable contractions
night: calf not coming down birth canal

5am: Tempest down again on her side. still no calf in birth canal. not looking good. Call vet
6:30: vets do a c-section. discover the placenta turned blocking circulation and the calf; calf didn’t make it; sewed her back up; more IV; propped her upright with hay bales
9am: drank two buckets of water
10:30: standing up; clean her pen; drinks more water
noon: found on side, straining; propped her upright with bales again. keeping in contact with vet. need to keep her drinking water
3pm: standing but still need to prop while lying down. drank some water
6pm: gave her more water but not looking good
night: checked on her through the night

5:am no change not eating or drinking
noon: vet gives more IV’s
1pm: drinks and eats oats and beet pulp
3pm: roll her to her other side; discover two layers of stitching from c-section are tore open. call vet
4pm: vet sews Tempest back up
6pm: Tempest stands for a short while but lays on her stitches side
8pm: install a wireless camera to watch her from the house

6:am Not much change. Tempest won’t eat or drink. tube water into her.
10:am run to vet to get electrolytes to add to her water
afternoon: no significant change, decide not to roll her on her other side
night: barn camera comes in handy to make sure Tempest is lying upright while snow storm hits; still not eating

6:am pumped water with electrolytes to Tempest; not eating; condition the same
evening: no change; manually moving her back legs for her for circulation

6:am no change; work her legs for her and offer her water but doesn’t drink
evening: roll her to her other side & work her back legs again. doesn’t drink

morning: didn’t make it through the night, buried her out in the field

Tempest was such a sweet, gentle natured cow. She will be missed.

washing Tempest

Theo washing Tempest during her summer showing season

at Simmental Regionals

Showing Tempest at Simmental Jr. Regionals in Wausau, WI




  1. @farmnwife Sorry the outcome wasn’t better 🙁 Those are heart-breaking. So much time and emotion and money spent and such a sad result.

  2. So tough to lose them, especially when you try so hard to do what you can.

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