Retained Placenta

Retained Placenta

Heather Smith Thomas

Feedlot Magazine

Most cows “clean” soon after calving, shedding placental membranes within 2 to 12 hours. If it takes longer than 24 hours, it is called a retained placenta. Dr. George Barrington of Washington State University says the cause involves malfunction in normal “turning loose” of tissue attachments between the maternal and fetal sides of the placenta.

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