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Table 8 Causes of parturient mortality (%) in dairy calves by calving assistance category

From: Investigation of bovine abortion and stillbirth/perinatal mortality - similar diagnostic challenges, different approaches

Cause of calf death (%) Unobserved calving Observed, no calving assistance Easy calving assistance Moderate calving difficulty Severe calving difficulty
Maldisposition 0 2 18 29 28
Bradytocia 21 14 30 26 24
Congenital defects 8 8 4 9 18
Eutoxia 23 33 21 0 0
Infections 8 8 2 7 7
Other 29 44 22 27 16
No significant findings 11 6 3 2 7
  1. Source: Teagasc research, Irish dairy herds