Gracie has had looser-than-normal poop for the last 2-3 weeks. There's 4 things I can think of that may be playing a factor.
1. Her calf was taken away at night. 2. She's getting a different brand dairy ration that's 16% protein instead of the 14% she was used to. 3. She's grazed some lush rye/clover for 30-40 min. about 4 different times. 4. She's been eating acorns like they're candy. (We cleaned them up yesterday)
I know ALL of these have probably affected her digestion. We've locked her up at night with only grass hay and I've been putting her in a different pasture during the day with NO acorns. I've increased her beet pulp at milking time. We've went through 2 jars of Probios. She's still loose like pancake batter. It slips through the pitch-fork and I need to get her straightened out! I've read that Pepto-Bismol can slow down the diarrhea, but how much should I give her? Should I try resetting her rumen bacteria? How would I do that?
Does she have access to fresh, free choice baking soda?
All of the above can affect manure. Pancake batter is not an emergency though. If she already has access to fresh baking soda, then some pepto if it would make you feel better.
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Thanks, Jenn! At least I know she's not going to die anytime soon!!
Yes, she has baking soda out at all times, in every field. She's just never had manure this soft for such a long period of time and we were getting concerned, not to mention it's getting aggravating trying to keep her night area clean. We've resorted to using a snow shovel to scoop poop!!
I did give her some Bentonite clay yesterday and am going to give her some more of that today. Hope something helps soon!
we tried peptobismol with our calf. she absolutely hated the taste smells minty and it turned her off her food completely! not sure if it worked as she has been a complete mystery to everyone here and the vet!!
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I tried everything I could think of to correct Gracie's loose manure problem. Nothing worked. Nothing can ruin your day like getting splattered with crap early in the morning! So, I broke down and called the vet. She suggested that I worm her, give hay only, no grass and then put her back on her original 14% dairy ration. I am pleased to say that after fighting runny crap for so long, she FINALLY pooped normal this morning!!!
I was cleaning up her pen this morning and she stood right in front of the manure wagon and pooped just so I could see that it was normal!!! ;D I was so happy, I called my husband at work to tell him the cow is pooping right again!
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