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.
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