Firefighters swap flames for a farm to help distressed cow in labour

Jean Marshall of Green End Farm,Holdworth and the newly born calf which was delivered with help from  firefighters
Jean Marshall of Green End Farm,Holdworth and the newly born calf which was delivered with help from firefighters
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FIREFIGHTERS received a call with a difference when they were asked to help a pregnant cow back up after she fell over during labour.

The cow became distressed after going into labour at Green End Farm in the hamlet of Holdworth, near Loxley, Sheffield, and she fell to the ground.

Farmer David Marshall was attempting to move the cow in a calving box when she collapsed.

But because of her weight the farmer was unable to move the Friesian himself so he called South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to plead for help.

Crew members who went to help used a sling to push the cow into the box, where she later gave birth to a healthy bull.

David’s wife Jean said: “We are grateful to the fire service for helping - they sent four strapping lads who were able to use their strength to get her into the calving box. They were absolutely brilliant.

“There was no way we would have got her in without their help.

“The cow was in distress and could not get up after going down but was able to deliver the calf and that is doing well.

“It wasn’t a normal everyday job for the firefighters but they knew what to do and it was a great help.”