We have a group of weaned calves and this evening I discovered a 5 month old heifer with hard udders. I just read that the calves will nurse each other and I should be using nurse guards. Though I have not seen any nursing and have not had this problem in the past, I will use them from now on, I am heartbroken over my little one as I understand from my vet that it can't be fixed and I have ruined her little bag. Can anyone tell me if there is anything that you have tried? I suspect I need to treat for mastitis? Do you think she could still be viable???
Post by Laura G in Idaho on Sept 10, 2012 20:29:29 GMT -5
She may still be fine, but you definitely need to separate her or put on the guard right away. I don't know if you will need to treat for mastitis, because I don't have experience with this. Your vet says her udder can't be fixed?
He said once the udder got hard it was probably a goner. I will call another tomorrow. I separated her this eve. We actually raise replacement heifers for a local dairy guy..he never uses the guards and to date, has not had this problem. We've raised over 100 calves for him. Oh, my.
Post by AnnB (NE) on Sept 10, 2012 20:51:53 GMT -5
From what I've seen, it's not so much a matter of mastitis as it is scarring from the trauma. Not to say she couldn't have mastitis, but the ones that I've had freshen with a blind quarter from being sucked didn't have any indication of mastitis, but had a thick layer of scar tissue between the gland and the teat.
Unfortunately, all the udders are hard though not puffy. I only noticed it because she is my baby and part of our daily deal is for me her and glide my hand over her belly to her bag. I have been out of town for a couple days and we missed a couple of our rub downs. I am so sad for me and my little Ruby. Do you think they could get that scarred just over a couple of days? Is there anything I could give her or do for her at this point? I read somewhere Vit C, what do you think? She's not hot but she does hunch when I touch her weenie bag.
Post by debsbread on Sept 10, 2012 21:29:24 GMT -5
I am milking a mini Jersey now for a friend (she's waiting to be picked up)..and she has a blind quarter. It is the front right teat....I milk sitting on the right side of my cows. The sack for that teat is lightly swollen and will get a tiny bit larger when the rear quarter is full, then it seems to depress somewhat when the rear quarter is emptied, but it still remains lightly swollen and does have a firm place that consumes that whole would-be quarter...not rock hard, but firm.
She is a great milker giving 3+ gal/day, but has these tiny teats...all four...tiny as in smaller than a little pinkie finger....not sure if this is just how she is or damage from being sucked when too young...makes me wonder now that all this came up.... ~Deb in GA
Post by BlackWillowFarm on Sept 11, 2012 8:11:49 GMT -5
I'm dealing with the same thing here. I turned a nine month old steer out with my heifer and discovered, much to my horror, he'd been nursing her and brought her into milk. I check her bag frequently and luckily it's never gotten hard, but I can still express fluid from the two biggest quarters and it's been 4 months since I stopped it. I won't know until she freshens if she's going to be blind in those two, possibly all four. The hardest part is the waiting...............
Post by briarrose on Sept 11, 2012 10:25:36 GMT -5
If you can express the fluid and clean the bag out completely, sometimes it takes several days working with it, you can very carefully infuse with a dry cow treatment and sometimes this will save their udders. Have had to do this to several heifers that have come in with nursed on udders and they have turned out fine. I feel that it is always worth a try. On the ones that are hard, I use the SCC and it helps soften the udder so it is easier to milk all the fluid out. Good luck to you.
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