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Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:13 AM CST

QUESTION: Every year after we pregnancy check our cows, we have one or two that don't calve. Can pregnancy checking cause a cow to abort a calf?

ANSWER: The risk of pregnancy checking with rectal palpation by an experienced veterinarian has little or no effect on the embryo. One report noted about a 5% embryonic loss from day 28 to day 60, regardless of whether cows are palpated or not. Since I don't know how many cows you have, I don't know what percentage loss you are experiencing.

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