QUESTION: We have had several calves over the past few years with what we think are hernias at their navels. They have done fine, but just have big belly buttons. Is this a problem?
ANSWER: What you are describing sounds like an umbilical hernia. It is actually a hole in the body wall where the placenta attaches to the calf.
Small hernias may only contain omentum, a lace-like tissue that covers the intestines.
In these cases, the body wall may heal around the tissue, creating the condition you describe.
Larger hernia ...