The University of Missouri Extension will be holding a free "Calving Clinic -- Especially for Women" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Saline County Extension Office in Marshall.
The clinic will teach women how to care for the mother and newborn calf, kid, lamb or foal, especially after a difficult birth.
"This is a little less intimidating environment for the women to learn something in their own time-- they can ask as many questions as they want," said Wendy Flatt Rapp, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist in Howard, Chariton, Saline and Carroll counties.
Dr. Dawna Voelkl, DVM, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine will bring "props", including a fiberglass uterus to help woman recognize breach or other complicated births.
She will teach participants techniques to help the animals during the difficulties, without relying just on brute strength.
"It takes some strength, but you also have to be smart about it," said Rapp. "She is wanting to help the ladies feel more comfortable in what they are seeing and their ability to say, 'Hey we need to call a veterinarian out here,' when they see something that's not right."
Several years ago Rapp was involved in similar clinics in Howard and Pettis counties.
"We could not believe the number of ladies that came that were interested in learning about this," she said. "A lot of them weren't that actively engaged in their operations, but they might go out and see something happening when they're driving back and forth, or helping feed."
The clinic will also cover how to care for a mother animal after a difficult birth.
"You'd like for her to rebreed and the best way to do that is attacking it from the get-go and making sure she is taken care of the way she needs to be," said Rapp.
Dr. Scott Pfizenmaier of Saline County Veterinary Services will also be on hand in Marshall to help give instruction.
A similar clinic will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Keytesville at the Chariton County Courthouse basement "blue room."
For directions and information contact the Saline County Extension office at (660) 886-6908, Chariton County Extension at (660) 288-3239 or the Howard County extension office in Fayette at (660) 248-2272.