Darragh Scott, a dairy, beef and tillage farmer from Co. Tipperary, who runs a herd of Holstein Friesian’s, was out and about on his travels when he arrived home to see Calving 2019 had begun early on his farm.
Darragh noticed the cow in question was a bit under the weather before he left the farm earlier in the day, Sunday January 20th, but didn't think she would calf as quick as she did.
"I noticed her heavily sprung down at around 9am in the cubicles and I let her into a straw bed." Darragh revealed exclusively to That'sFarming's Kevin.
"She wasn't due for another 15 days and I didn't think she would calf that quick, so I wasn't that concerned over her." he added.
The farmer then went off on his travels for a couple of hours, but when he arrived home he found the cow had freshly calved, though the calf was unresponsive. Darragh then quickly jumped into action, as he noticed the calf’s airways were still covered with the placenta.
"I went off for a few hours and when I got back, she'd calved in a corner with the placenta wrapped around the nose and mouth of the calf." said the farmer.
"He was just calved, but lifeless. She was licking his rear end."
The Tipp native then proceeded to carry out 30 seconds of chest pumps on the animal, which allowed the calf to finally draw his first breath.
“I then grabbed him by the back legs and put him up on a bale to clear and drain his airways," Darragh told Kevin.
"I started pumping his chest for around 30seconds when I noticed the life come back into his eyes and he then started breathing again." he continued.
Darragh says the bull calf is now doing well and even drank 5-litres of colostrum shortly after his resuscitation.
"The calf is flying it, running around the shed here. His eyes are a bit bloodshot, but he will live." said Darragh.
"He drank five litres of colostrum on his own steam shortly after (the revival)." he concluded.
Who said farmers don’t care about their animals?
We interviewed Darragh as part of our ‘Young Farmer’ series just last year. You can read his story in full here
So much for heading away for the day before the #calving19 flush starts, Just arrived home and found this lad freshly calved, non responsive with the placenta over his mouth. 30 seconds of chest pumps and he is back in action. #teamdairy pic.twitter.com/2HjBqZrh2u— Darragh Scott (@DarraghScott) 20 January 2019