Hello, I've had a few cows in my days but never this! We just got our new cow last week. Jersey, they said this was her second calf but I think she is older than that. They thought she'd have the calf in September but a week later the calf is here! She's a gentle and friendly cow but hasn't been milked for a while and never by us. Her udder is huge and I knew I needed to milk her out but with no being ready in the new barn and her not being used to the place, I couldn't get her to stand still to get milked. The calf seems healthy and nurses on her one teat but the other three look about to burst. We got her into a chute to put a halter on and I was just going to milk out what I could by hand. I could only get anything out of one teat. The one the calf uses was pretty empty. Full bag but not much in the teat. The one teat I could milk was the biggest and reddest one but as I massaged the bag, blood started coming out with the colostrum. It got worse and worse as I went along until it seemed as if it was only blood!! One teat had absolutely nothing coming out at all and the fourth one had just tiny squirts although I have seen that one leak in my attempts to milk her. What do I do??? Her udder is very full and hard. I'm assuming she has mastitis pretty bad but what about the blood??
Has anyone experienced this? What is our future with her going to look like?
Milk her out 2-3 time a day. The more you do it the easier it will get. Don't worry about mastitis or blood right now. She probably has edema and raptured blood vessels. It will clear with time. Put udder cream with peppermint, massage that all over her udder for 10 min. warm compress and get on milking. Move the milk even if it's just a cup 10 times a day. She will not like it as it hurts like hell but that is the only way for you to help her. Good luck.
Me and my husband,2 amazing kids, 19/22 and an empty nest. RIP Solo,1 nutty french bulldog Kona. 3 house cats White,Honey and Bumble. One barn cat Buddy. Baba-Jersey dob. June 2013 Feather-Jersey dob. July 26th 2017 Shiloh 25 year old polish Arabian. Chinook 15 year old appendix. Chickens and few too many roosters.
For sure it is probably preferable! Have any red raspberry leaves? That will help with the edema! And has been mentioned-hot compresses and massage before and after if you can manage it.. best to you! Jerseys are worth all the learning curve imho 😊
Post by jerseyrose on Aug 12, 2019 13:18:35 GMT -5
How awful !
Julie wife, mom to 3 wonderful ( now adult) kids :-)
Currently Cow-less for the first time in 11 years RIP-- Rose-Jersey RIP-- Abby - Jersey Rosie-- Jersey past family cow Lily -- Angus / Jersey past family cow 2 appaloosas- Candy, Sierra 3 dogs--Tess, Sunny, Mia a herd of 22 Boer goats a variety of chickens 3500+ pigs in our care at any given time.
Yes it was awful! It’s been a traumatic morning to say the least! The calf is fine. I brought him home to the barn and gave him some colostrum I had in the freezer. I’ll have to get him on milk replacer now. I think he will be ok.
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.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
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