Post by theflyingcow on Mar 28, 2009 18:48:47 GMT -5
My cow calved yesterday around 10am. I milked that evening around 6 pm and didn't milk her out completely... I left a little for the calf. The calf is with her all the time.
I milked all I could this morning and this evening, I got milk out of all the quarters but her bag is still hard and looks like it did last year when it needed to be milked. It doesn't feel fevered. The calf sucked tonight which let a little more down and I milked all I could get. We turned her back out with the calf. Her bag just isn't soft and deflated like I remember last year during the bulk of the length of the lactation.
The milk did seem like it was a little pink this evening. It wasn't this morning (of course, it was dark).
Of course, I'm worried that she's getting mastitis, and I can't remember how her bag felt last year right after she calved.
What do you all think about it? Normal? Wait and see? Or pick up mastitis medicine after church tomorrow?
Normal, edema. Massage, mint lotion, red raspberry leaf tea (orally), and time. Congrats on calving and being back in milk! It may very well be pink--with the edema and calving little cappillaries are breaking, no worries unless it gets really bad or lasts past the edema.
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