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.
moserfam6: I am in the Kansas City area and need some comfrey to make a poultice and/or feed to a cow that broke her leg. Anyone know where I can find some comfrey?
Dec 7, 2013 17:44:35 GMT -5
jettat: Need help yearling bull calf got into pig food sometime since yesterday and is down with diarrhea. Vet didn't come out but said only thing to do is give it Kaopetric (SP) but don't give us much hope. Any suggestions would be a big help.
Dec 8, 2013 15:26:03 GMT -5
hroewe: Just finished Joann's book. It was fantastic!
Dec 12, 2013 23:11:17 GMT -5
milkingoneand: Contact me off group and let me know exactly what you're looking for as I'm currently looking at heifers ready to breed soon. I have a couple of farm visits on my list, and might be able to help you out.
Jan 31, 2014 14:24:44 GMT -5
brassj41: Good morning folks!
Feb 1, 2014 7:52:41 GMT -5
brigitte: Contact me by PM I have a fancy MS registered heifer 10 months old
Feb 2, 2014 20:11:38 GMT -5
fordkevint: Hello, I am looking for a family milk cow in Southern KS this spring. Anyone have a reference out there?
Feb 13, 2014 10:59:18 GMT -5
littlebirddog: Getting some calves ready to be weened any good ideas
Feb 14, 2014 12:33:01 GMT -5
whitegas: I'm looking for our first family milk cow. We live in Michigan. Anyone have suggestions of where to find one?
Feb 16, 2014 20:02:00 GMT -5
FarmBoy66: Littlebirddog, get them started on grain, free choice. They also need to have water. Try to get them interested in it and then in small steps start taking their milk away. They should be fully weaned in about 2 weeks or so
Feb 17, 2014 20:21:25 GMT -5
fairfarmhand: I love this place. No one else, even my husband understands why I'd do all the work, spend all the money, just to milk a cow.
Feb 19, 2014 14:29:45 GMT -5
frauline214: oI am new to forum. I have a jersey/beef cow cross who is due to calve shortly. I plan on adding other calves to her after she calves. This is a first time freshener and she has been raised to let me milk her. Any suggestions how many calves I can add?
Mar 2, 2014 19:10:43 GMT -5
squarant: have only highlands. sorry
Mar 12, 2014 23:03:51 GMT -5
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