Last Saturday dawned fine and sunny in Taranaki, calving was underway and all was well with the world. Or was it? In the space of a 10km drive, I witnessed a downer cow, vets attending to a beef cow calving and I heard a farmer’s story of assisting a slow calving heifer. No farmer wants calving to be this way. If I said to you that these conditions were preventable, would you believe me? These animals are already compromised for this season and the cost is into the thousands.