Is the calf weaned? What's it eating? Does it still have an appetite, chewing its cud etc? What color is the watery diarrhea? How long has it been going on? I had a cow get "winter dysentery" one summer. It only lasted a day or two but was very dramatic looking. I offered her dry hay & straw (she was on pasture). It ran its cycle & she was fine & completely normal after that 1 or 2 days. But it was such a shock seeing so much & so watery.
Post by horsepowerhomestead on Aug 2, 2020 15:46:26 GMT -5
Agree with everything stated above in regards to treating for parasites and calling the vet.
If the vet can’t get to you quickly, you may want to consider some electrolytes and molasses in water to maintain hydration as diarrhea will take everything out the longer it persists. Especially if you are somewhere hot/humid. If over 100 degrees, maybe try to get her somewhere shaded and get a fan. Probiotics may also help.
So Rosie is fine and we solved another mystery. Mom and calf are separated by a fence, part of which is a livestock panel. I didn’t worry about cross fence nursing and there was no sign of it for several weeks. Then I had to put the two together briefly and Rosie went to nursing. I had just milked, so she wouldn’t get much, but whatever she did get must have triggered her. I separated them again after a couple hours, but the next morning Rosie had the runs and Maggie’s production was barely half of normal. We put mesh across that panel yesterday and today Rosie is back to normal and so is Maggie’s production! Could a sudden influx of milk give Rosie diarrhea? Seems plausible. The other nice thing about this is we chalked up the low production to heat starting, which meant Maggie’s not bred. But if it was a case of theft instead, Maggie still could be in the family way! Boy, never a dull moment.....
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!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
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.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
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.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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