Calving aids are mechanical devices that are used to apply traction to the calf to aid delivery. The device prevents the calf slipping backwards and losing any progress that has been gained but may also be used to apply moderate traction to aid delivery. It is essential that anyone using a calving aid has been trained in the correct use of these devices, as if used incorrectly they can cause damage to the cow, the calf and the operator.
This article describes the use of calving aids in normal calf presentations. If the calf is not presenting as described, then veterinary support should be sought.