Post by racheljane on Jun 28, 2019 11:03:56 GMT -5
So I have a bred jersey heifer named Lulu. She'll be 3 in October and is due to calve in early December. She began growing a 'mini' udder a couple weeks ago. I was surprised to see it so early as she still has 5 months to go. My other heifer didn't start bagging up until about 2 months before she calved. Is this normal? I wanted to ask because she was bred and due early September but I noticed a heat at 66 days and did a blood test preg check and she came back as open so she was rebred. I want to be sure I wont be surprised if I see a calf early lol!
some will start and show more udder after breeding , but it usually will not get large till closer to calving Suzanne
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Post by racheljane on Jun 28, 2019 20:51:00 GMT -5
Thanks I'll post some pics tomorrow, its still pretty small. Firm but not hard or hot. And our calf isnt sucking on her, Lulu is kind of a bully and the baby is terrified of her lol. Maybe shes just starting early! I was kind of excited at the idea of having a calf in September instead of December..
At her age, you could be seeing fat deposits. 3 is quite old for a dairy cow to be not in milk yet... So she could be developing excess fat.
If she's got 5 months to go before calving, it's unlikely you're seeing much in the way of real udder development. The majority of udder changes happen in the last two months before calving.
Like others mentioned, a photo would be helpful. Is the udder equally full or is one "quarter" fuller? Heifers can get mastitis but you'll usually see it distinctly in one quarter vs. something like a fat deposit will be fairly uniform throughout the udder.
As of this morning one quarter is puffy and when I squeezed it it came out chunky so definitely thinking mastitis. I will get a pic now. Poor girl. Maybe the calf has been sneaky and sucking on her :/ the other quarters are also producing milk. Should I leave those alone?
Here's a link to a few photos of her udder. The back left teat is the puffy one though it's hard to tell in the photos.. It came out as normal milk after a few squeezes. Should i have a vet culture it? Also any suggestions on what to do about the calf? I wasnt planning on weaning her anytime soon. She is with mom and Lulu during the day then separated at night.
Can you temporarily separate this heifer from the calf to see if the udder deflates back down? Sounds and looks like that could be what's going on.
Since she's so far away from calving, I'd recommend putting a dry treatment in each quarter. You sure could send in a sample to a lab before dry treating to see if there's anything in particular bothering her (mastitis) vs. simply being brought into milk by a sucking calf.
Post by racheljane on Jun 30, 2019 13:58:52 GMT -5
The udder is still pretty swollen/hard today. Mostly in the back 2 teats. I got some Tomorrow in. Put some uddermint on as well and gave her a bit of garlic tincture. I'm so worried about her. Calf has been separated for 24 hours now. We are going to have the vet out.
Probably nothing the vet can do, but if it gives you peace of mind, go ahead.
Does she have a fever?
Let us know if the swelling goes down in the next day or two. If the swelling came on sudden, I'd be inclined to think she got a bee sting, etc. But if it's coming on gradual, it's likely the calf nursing. If the calf's been gone 24 hours, you should see improvement in the next 24-48 hours, hopefully.
Her udder is still quite swollen today, now all 4 teats dripping. Its hard and the skin on her inner thighs is being rubbed raw. She seems super uncomfortable and just kind of out of it. She spends a lot of time just standing around looking listless. Shes still eating, cudding and no fever. Also she has a lot of edema in her naval area. Is there anything else I can be doing to help her? After treating it Ive mostly been trying to leave it alone other than keeping it clean.
And you are absolutely sure she's not due to calve anytime soon? I wouldn't think induced lactation from a sneaky calf would bring on belly edema.
ETA, re read your first post, did you end up having the vet out? Do you know anyone who could palpate her? I know it's not exact for guessing how far along she would be, but they should be able to tell if due this month vs due in December.
We haven't had the vet out yet, i sent in a blood test back in February and it said she wasn't pregnant. I was wondering the same as my other heifer had the belly edema shortly before calving. Also she was with the calf for the past 3 months and I am around a lot throughout the day and have never seen her sneaking off this heifer nor any signs of her teats having been nursed on. But I can't be positive that it didn't happen. Just seemed odd that she started bagging up just a few days ago. I'll see if we can get someone out to palpate her. This has been a real head scratcher lol! This heifer has always thrown me for a loop though.
A bit more info about her breeding history. She was due to calve this past March but miscarried 2 months later. So we had her rebred on the following cycle, sent in a blood test in October and she came back open. We rebred her again and also the test came back as open. Had her bred a total of five times before it took. I have to check my records for exact dates on everything. Anyone ever have a cow test negative on a blood test when they are pregnant?
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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