Surgery on the Farm

At this Minnesota dairy farm one of the cows has been off her feed after giving birth. She has a displaced abomasum or “twisted stomach.” To fix the problem the vet makes a small incision in the cow’s side. He releases the gas in the section of stomach that has been blocked off, pulls the section of stomach out a bit at a time to take out the twist and then stitches the section of stomach to the abdomen wall to prevent it from twisting again. The whole process takes about an hour.