I don't know if it will help your cow or not but what helped my cow when we had that problem was a lower protein mossalas, mineral lick tub that she had access to all the time. We also feed free choice grass hay and millet hay. It took along time for her to totally get over it but her milk production went up almost over night. I hope you find something that works for your cow. Shirla
I just assumed I would have to go back to a higher protein mix. I thought in reading that to function well they had to have at least 16% protein. If I'm wrong, it's not the first time! Like I said, I just assumed I would be at the lower protein until she was feeling better and gradually boost her back up on the protein in the coming weeks. She does seem to be feeling better. My husband said when he was carrying grain to the goat barn that she saw him and ran into the barn and into her stanchion. She hasn't done that since she calved!
It sounds like she's pulling it all together!! I would imagine her milk supply has decreased enough for her energy intake to balance out with her metabolism. I would keep the calf on her for another week or two and if she's still gobbling up her grain, remove him for 12 hours and milk her for your family. See if the milk tastes good at that time and go from there. Don't push her to produce heavily for the next few months, and if she seems to be a prolific milker, don't aim for breeding her back any time too soon. (Unless weather factors into your calving routine, of course!)
Next time you'll know what to expect and I would think that you should be able to keep the ketosis at bay, by not encouraging her to over-produce from the get-go. Along with early ketosis treatments around calving, I'd be willing to bet you don't go through THIS extended mess again next time! By then, you'll know all of her idiosyncrasies which surround milk production! You're almost there minigi - each day should show improvement in her condition!
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We still have issues at times with her eating her grain. She just doesn't seem to be a girl that's so big on grain. But the weather has been very hot here, so that may be playing into it too. I'm in Michigan, so weather does play a role in planning out breeding for us. I did do a ketostrip on her two days ago and it was NEGATIVE!!! Yay! Our first negative since starting out with this. The calf seems to be doing well and DD has not had any mastitis or been uncomfortably full. I think putting the calf back on was the best thing we could do. We'll be waiting to breed her for a few more months yet anyway, we don't want a February calf, a little too early for us. Maybe next time she'll give us a heifer to repay us for all this fussing!
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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alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
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Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
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mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
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steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
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highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
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