My calving supplies got soaked from a leaky laundry room sink so I'm replacing some things.
Last year I used Transition boluses, this year I'd like CMPK. I'm fine with pilling her with the bolus gun but am wondering if mixing drench solution with her post-calving molasses water is an option. Seems it would be much less stressful than a tussle with me.
I tried mixing a CMPK drench in the molasses water but the cow would not touch it , made up a fresh bucket with out and she drank that down Suzanne
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rosalind I have the cmpk, dex and calc injectable solutions with an IV set in case of emergency; my vet will come but if he's leaving from home it's a 90 minute drive. I used Transition boluses last year and after some reading, I'm going to stick with them.
She's very low-risk so my goal is to avoid sub-clinical milk fever and keep her perky and eating through the first few days post calving.
I found some interesting info, not the least of which was that the potassium level in forages for a close-up dry cow, play an integral role in her calving health and milk fever risk. (Once She's milking and excreting that excess potassium, it's all good).
I found the article to be interesting. It is mentioned the high potassium levels in feed is a causative factor for milk fever. My understanding is that it is not wise to feed a first cutting of alfalfa and even wiser to feed a grass/alfalfa mix prior to calving. I would appreciate input on this matter as I have been feeding my Bessie 2 flakes alfalfa AM and PM. Thank you.
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2019 23:42:46 GMT -5 by harolean
The potassium level in the soil that the forage grows on is an important factor to consider. The maturity, cutting, and percent legumes can influence the K level in the forage but won't necessarily overcome issues if the soil is high in K.
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