When I was milking her this morning she had lots of snot, milky white hanging onto her nose. I gagged so bad I almost puked! It's just getting cold again now. Last week we had temps in the low 70's. Now it's supposed to snow tonight, love that AR weather!! Do I need to give her anything? WHat should I do?
Also, I have only been milking her OAD and she's only giving about a gallon a day. I thought that since she has a nursing calf that would be ok, but the calf only nurses the front 2 (that I've seen) Dh wants me to start milking TAD so we'll have extra milk. Right now we have just enough and sometimes we have to wait half a day. Her condition looks really good but I figured I need to up her feed to up the production. Am I thinking right?
I noticed that someone asked about milking every other day. I do this with Tilly and she's had no problems. She's due in March so I figured I'd dry her off at the end of Dec.
Take your cows' temperature. If it is over 102.5 your cow is sick. If it is over 104 your cow may be very sick. If it is 105 or 106 I would be very concerned.
If my cow had a 105 o F temperature I would give her antibiotics. If I were milking her I would give her NAXCEL ,,, I.M. shot in the bumm. If her temp did not go down I would switch antibiotics .
I like drugs and chemicals are just fine with me. There are organic alternatives but I don't know them. I think herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, and artificial hormones are tools to be used wisely when necessary. My opinion does not reflect anyone but myself.
Family Cow Fanatic Long time member here who was a New England Micro Dairy Farmer who changed member name with the move.
Jenny at Sagehill: Angora goats might work except they aren't bred to milk much or longer than their kids require. They're rather smaller animals and can be finicky.
Jul 13, 2014 12:08:13 GMT -5
beelady: i had an angora doe that was a precocious milker. huge udder too... right now im crossing angora buck on nubian does saving the doelings that show mohair/cashmere and breeding those onto angoras..
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romal: hi there..does anyone know if the Heifer Diary will continue & how Joann is doing?
Jul 17, 2014 14:16:14 GMT -5
Chatty Kathy: I've been out of the KFC, milking mass quantities. I cannot seem to find Joann's current diary entries and saw a post asking how she is doing. She has been such an inspiration and help to me. I'd like to know how she is.
Jul 28, 2014 19:52:58 GMT -5
sparkey75: Why can i sometimes see the avitars and cute pics on the side of the page by everyones name and sometimes not?
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erinnny: sparkey75 Because not everyone changes their profile pic.
Aug 11, 2014 15:31:49 GMT -5
mootopian: I am trying to post an ad to tell folks I have good dairy cows for sale, but I don't understand how to start a post.
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Jerseytinkerbell: Figured it out, I think. Had something to do with my anti virus.
Aug 20, 2014 16:28:14 GMT -5
mootopian: What would make me active?
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Janene: Ask a few questions and introduce yourself!
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Janene: Um, not here, start a thread or comment on one or two.
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Mare: anyone out there
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Jerseyboy1: How do I post to threads!
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moobelly: Why can I not post a thread here? such as "wanted ......"
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haecklers: Hey if you're on right now look at the moon! There's an eclipse happening!
Oct 8, 2014 4:52:00 GMT -5
temdempa: Where should I look for info on normal just fresh cow and calf info?
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