The man who takes care of HNYE is on Vacation. Others were hired to take over dairy duty but HNYE is out on pasture with a Bull & other heifers, many have horns.
so I went to see her.
One of the heifers has about 25 porcupine quills on her muzzle. I don't think she can eat. I will go out with another person tomorrow morning and see what I can do. This sucks. I was not even able to catch her and I am intimidated by a horned Jersey bull watching my every move.
Ideas folks? I can think of nothing else. The other people around there act like it is none of my business and they are sorta right, but tell that to my heart.
Any way to contact the owners? I supposed cruelty laws don't apply to livestock. I think she would be hard to catch and it will be a bad time to try and get the quills out.
How awful for you to have to sit on the sidelines trying to figure a way out to deal with this. Are the people running the dairy for the owners just idiots? Could you mention to them how displeased the owner would be to loose a heifer when cow prices are so high?
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This may not be My buisness but if you DO have to try to take out quills just in case you did not know, cut the ends befor you try pulling them out.. because they are hollow and it helps to get them out... I learned this from doing quill basket work. Good luck with that poor little cow!
Thanks, I just read the article, I'll see if I have some hemostat plier clamps.
.... on the "cut the quills advice:
Please explain Cut the quills could mean cut them across or cut them long ways or right close to the skin or an inch up.
Please Be specific, I want the heifer to be OK and I know quills also migrate into bloodveins.
What equipment do I need? Is this something that should be done in a stancion or can it be done out it the field?
I am also concerned because there have been rabies positive porcupines but this is rare. Why the heck would this happen?
HNYE is quill free and looks good. Her coat is lovely but feeling under it her neck is scabby from tick bites. It seems like cows can kill the ticks that bite them as the attached ticks are dead. She stayed with me and did not want me to leave. She is not the top cow and has learned many things. I wish ....................
Last Edit: Oct 30, 2004 20:01:54 GMT -5 by sallyinma
This is awful. A vet could tranquilize the heifer, if you can get permission to have the work done. In Maine, cruelty laws do apply to farm animals. I am just judging from newspaper stories, but people found abusing any animals are brought to justice.
I don't think it's cruelty, only a case of (someone*) taking a long overdue Vacation - and something happening which will be taken care of ASAP I am sure. It's just that not to many people are familiar with cows.
The people there will not call him. They might have done something by now but I'm not aware so I will go out tomorrow morning.
If it were a horse, a zillion people would be available to assist, but a herd of cows with a bull, way out in the toollies, it's amazing that anyone even noticed, usually they are really far away but HNYE recognized my truck and lead them all to where I parked.
Cows have hearts & attachments & again 'I wish ....'
I pulled about 40 quills out. Those suckers are sharp! Many were over a half an inch deep. Ouch! I got stuck once, I suppose they could have been used as hypodermic needles by cavemen!
We gave her a shot of pennicillin with procaine & put hydrogen peroxide on, then I got to assist with 3 or 4 other cows that needed stuff done.
In rather terrible news I found out that a buyer has offered a significant amount to buy the heifer herd. This is sad because HNYE is in it. The buyer will be taking them to Missouri. I do not want HNYE to go to Missouri and will see if I can do something like buy her back.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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