What Can Cause A Cow To Go Down?


The most likely reason for a cow go down is trauma.

This could be post-calving, a metabolic issue (such as milk fever) or a disease such as mastitis or metritis.

This failure to rise is usually observed within 24 hours of the cow going down, as a result of muscle and nerve damage.

How long can a cow be down and still get up?

Regardless of the initial cause, all down cows are at risk of nerve damage and other complications if they remain down for 24 hours or so.

What is the problem with cows?

Infertility among high-yielding dairy cows is a major problem affecting 13 per cent of US dairy cows, commonly leading to cows being removed from the herd. It has been linked to stress, poor body condition, and the demands of high milk production.

What causes cows to not get up?

The most common reason for down dairy cattle is milk fever. Another metabolic cause for downer cows is low magnesium or grass tetany, which is usually seen in cattle grazing lush, rapidly growing pastures, particularly in the early spring. Other causes of downer cattle include trauma or injury of various types.

What is downer cow syndrome?

(Downer cow syndrome)

Recumbency in cattle is caused by numerous metabolic, traumatic, infectious, degenerative, and toxic disorders. A nonalert downer cow appears systemically sick and depressed. Downer cow syndrome also describes the pathology of pressure-induced muscle and nerve injuries after prolonged recumbency.

What do you do when a cow won’t get up?


  • Remove dead animals from the veld.
  • Avoid overgrazing.
  • Feed livestock well during the winter months. Provide licks and supplementary feed.
  • Take care when assisting the cow during calving.
  • Keep animals away from places where toxic plants occur.
  • Vaccinate your herd against botulism.

Is cow tipping a real thing?

Cow tipping is the purported activity of sneaking up on any unsuspecting or sleeping upright cow and pushing it over for entertainment. The practice of cow tipping is generally considered an urban legend, and stories of such feats viewed as tall tales.