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 (kăv, käv)
v. calved, calv·ing, calves
1. To give birth to a calf.
2. To break at an edge, so that a portion separates. Used of a glacier or iceberg.
1. To give birth to (a calf).
2. To set loose (a mass of ice). Used of a glacier or iceberg.

[Middle English calven, from Old English *calfian, from calf, calf.]
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Noun1.calving - giving birth to a calf
birthing, giving birth, parturition, birth - the process of giving birth


[ˈkɑːvɪŋ] nparto (di bovini)
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The calving percentage is the number of calves born per 100 females as calculated during the summer or autumn calf markings.
A TEN per cent lift in Scotland's yearly calving percentage would restore its 2009 suckled calf crop to 1999 levels - when its beef cow herd stood at a record high of 534,520 head.
To put the importance of proper nutrition and health programs in perspective, consider that in a 10-cow herd, a 10-percent increase in calving percentage corresponds to an additional calf or, using last fall's prices, about $500.
Two few suckled calf breeders know their true calving percentage and in an effort to raise awareness of the problem the National Beef Association is to distribute a simple calculation formula to its members.