Hi, we have a ewe who developed mastitis a year ago after her lamb died from a predator. She was seen by a vet and received antibiotics. We knew that breeding her again was questionable, but we had no way of keeping her away from the ram at the time and were hoping for the best. Well, we are learning our lesson the hard way. She just Lambed with twins last night and doesn’t have milk on either side, one side is hard and I am pretty sure has mastitis. I will call the vet on Monday, but I am hoping to get her antibiotics ASAP. Can anyone advise on an appropriate antibiotic from tractor supply? Please excuse my inexperience. Thank you for you time. Hayley
if you can not get anything out , she may have scar tissue blocking the teat , I had that happen with a goat 1 year , so not good Tractor supply would only have Today or Masti clear (pen based ) as I think those are the only 2 you can get OTC , you can give the babies cow colostrum if you have it , I am bottle feeding 2 lambs right now , 1 was a twin , and the other was brought to me because she was either abandoned or her mother did not have much milk , skinny and lethargic Wish I could be more help Suzanne
2 children Steven and Leila permitted 006 RCM Dairy Ginger the 2014 Jersey/Highlander/Angus/Hereford Paprika Gingers 2018 Mini Me Puss an Boots Gingers Hereford sired twin Heifers Cookie 3/4 jersey 1/4 Hereford 2017 heifer Sissy 3 year old pure Jersey cow Emmy a Galiceno pony and the ever changing bottle calves
I would suggest NOT giving the ewe antibiotics. If you avoid antibiotics, she can be culled and safely used for meat. (Another reason to not use antibiotics, they won't do anything to help her udder at this point - she won't make milk again).
For the lambs, start on colostrum asap and then feed lamb milk replacer and they should be fine.
Jersey cow family: Samson's Rosita (age 3) & Virtuoso Briar Rose (age 2) An Akita, some kitty cats, 7 Border Leicester sheep & 53 hens
I just read a book, “Folk Medicine”, DC Jarvis, M.D. It gives advice for dairy cows that a cow that had mastitis was given 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar p/100 lb body weight over the ration in the trough. The cow’s udder quieted down and the mastitis cleared up. P.176
Post by jerseyrose on Apr 18, 2019 13:33:56 GMT -5
hayley How are the lambs doing? How is the ewe? If she is acting sick or off feed I hope you were able to get something from the vet to make her feel better?
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
Can you get a cannula in her teat to get the milk out? I had a very wild shetland ewe who had a fence breeding. A teat was blocked due to scar tissue from an unmanaged case of mastitis before I got her. The vet opened up the teat canal and gross chunky milk went flying out. A week of twice a day milking and anti biotics for her environmental staph infection, her milk was clear and I could put the lambs back on. Don't give up hope just yet!
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
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
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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?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
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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