Peaches was down earlier and wouldn’t get up. I went inside, warmed up (body temp)Calcium Gluconate 23% solution and got IV kit ready, and then hubby got home and said she was back up. She was standing back up again.
1). Where’s the link to that great IV MF video?
2). Is the 16 gauge, 11.5” needle the correct one to use IF I need to IV dextrose or calc gluc? That’s the only kit TSC had months ago. Bought it, just in case.
3). Neck was turned back so her head was facing her rump. Long quiet mooing. What is that indicative of? She’s been resisting the milk room since she calved, acting “down.” Eyes are not bright.
4). Going to give CMPK drench right now. Waiting to milk her tonight until I hear back from someone.
5). Peaches calved her first calf Friday midnight-ish; calf died.
I'd be more inclined to monitor her for ketosis, injury, or illness. At this point (4-5 days out from calving) milk fever is very unlikely. (Can check her mobility for possible injury and also check for mastitis, just to rule out both.)
Is she giving 4-5 gallons twice a day or once a day?
What is the consistency of her manure?
In a heifer, ketosis can be very common - you may be even seeing a bit of fatty liver type symptoms. Refusing grain, dull eyes, etc. can all be linked to ketosis. When a heifer is three at first calving, she's got the combination of wanting to milk a lot and having more fat to work off than a younger cow would. She's basically super-primed for milking!
Eating the beet pulp and drinking the molasses - both great things!!
You can test her urine for ketosis to see if it's coming up positive, that can help make sure you're diagnosing it correctly.
If it's ketosis, provide a variety of feed to encourage her to eat whatever she wants basically. If she goes down again or is moderate to high on the ketone strip, you may need to IV a bottle of Dextrose into her.
Monitor her body temp, maybe check it again in the morning.
Yes, 4+ gallons each milking, TAD, twice a day milkings.
Manure looks like she’s eaten grain and hay, nice normal milking cow manure. Watched her poop. Soft, but held together. No goo, no blood, etc. (I’ve got hubby trained, lol, he shined a flashlight on it as soon as she started pooping).
Been checking for ketosis. I’ll keep checking for that.
As for mastitis, she’s got that 5th teat thing going on. How accurate are the Dr Bromine’s Test Strip things? Those have been clear/normal, dots staying yellow.
How much beer pulp is too much? Or rather, how much can I give her?
Does she have some sort of a tear or fissure that went unnoticed? Can you tell where it is coming from? Frank blood like that is coming from somewhere close as opposed to deep in the gut.
It is frank blood, isn’t it? I’ve separated the vulva and it looks okay, but I haven’t pried it open very far. Can do that tonight. It’s doesn’t appear to be coming from her rectum. Stool always looks great.
Blood is normal for the first week or two, in the picture the blood looks like it is probably coming from the vulva (normal).
Keep monitoring her for ketosis. Sounds like she's doing ok now, but that is a lot of milk for a Jersey cow, so ketosis may niggle and naggle her for a while. If you can keep it trace to negative, she should be fine to get through on her current nutritional program (no need for IV, etc.)
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