My cow still hasn't calved yet. However her udder is very warm, almost hot! It is pretty stiff as well. Her temperament is normal and she still lets me rub bag balm on it. Do you think it is alright? At what point do you start getting concerned?
Question when is she due? Normal to have tight udder on calving with edema. The hot is questionable because of weather and how you are feeling it. I never tend to jump to mastitis right off the bat. But if she is a month out, 2 months out from calving then you have to be concerned now. In which case I would get vet
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2019 14:12:26 GMT -5 by eon69nc
I would take a few squirts from each quarter to see if it looks normal (thick, orangish milk, i.e. colostrum). If it's clumpy or watery or really smelly, that would be mastitis and should be treated.
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I keep pictures of my cows as they progress (link to photos). They might be helpful for you to look at, to see if your cow is progressing similarly.
Is this her first calf or has she calved before? If her first, their edema is VERY DRAMATIC! But, also very normal. If you post a picture here, we can help you determine whether it's normal looking or not.
Post by bluebar23 on Sept 10, 2019 18:54:49 GMT -5
When Lissy was about a week out from her due date, I panicked because I swore one quarter was growing disproportionately to the others. I couldn't resist checking and squeezed a tiny bit out. It was like honey, which is what healthy forming-colostrum looks like. I put iodine post-dip on and let it be. Indeed, she went five days over, but when she finally calved her udder was perfectly healthy. (Except for terrible edema that is really just now subsiding, a week later, and which she gets every year; this was her fifth calf).
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