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Squeeze-Type Instrument For Prolapsed Uterus
"It's the sort of thing you may need only every 100 or 200 calvings, but when you need it you really need it, and fast," says Len Digney who's come up with a simple new squeeze-type instrument for replacing prolapsed uteruses.
  The Raymore, Sask., rancher says he worked on the idea for 50 years trying many different methods before finally hitting on this latest new idea.
  It consists of a 3-ft. long, 9/16-in. dia. steel roller with crank and lock made out of flat iron. A length of ordinary heavy-gauge plastic, in a loop, attaches to the roller.
  To use, thoroughly clean the womb and open the squeeze until the plastic extends from the roller to form a loop big enough to fit around the uterus. Thoroughly lubricate the inside of the plastic and the womb with liquid detergent or mineral oil and slip the uterus inside the plastic loop. Then, gently begin tightening the squeeze with the crank. Tighten until the uterus, which can be 1 ft. or more in dia., is about 8 in. in dia., depending on the size of the cow. Lock the squeeze and, with the aid of an assistant, slowly push the uterus out of the plastic and back inside the cow. Afterward, you'll have to pull the womb inside out, stitch the cow's vulva to ensure the womb stays in place, and give her an injection of penicillin.
  The instrument can replace a prolapsed uterus in as little as 15 minutes, Digney says. If the womb is badly torn to begin with, call a veterinarian, he cautions.
  Digney plans to build the instruments to sell for about $80 (with a full money-back guarantee), about half the price of a veterinarian's "house call" to do the same job, he notes.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Len Digney, Box 53, Raymore, Sask., Canada S0A 3J0 (ph 306 746-2013).

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