It's heartbreaking to watch sick cows/calves and feel just so helpless about the whole thing. At least they are all still alive and that gives me hope for them. You and your family and bovines are in my thoughts and prayers.
Just when I think I know everything about cows, my girls let me know that I don't know anything!
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Oct 9, 2020 20:17:54 GMT -5
I'm not sure if I should have this subject deleted as it's not 911 and nothing can be done. It will be a long journey, potentially poor ending for all and is discouraging and takes hours every day as I syringe feed gallons - dh thinks their mouths are sore as they lick their lips and come for milk but won't drink it. So I suck up 60 cc syringes of clay and milk and shoot them down one heifer than another until my trigger finger locks up and I can't do more. Usually 1/2 gallon per heifer 3x a day. They stand for the 60+ syringes per feeding and don't fight but are not pleased with the vitamin b shots. I won't tube feed unless they fight syringe as that causes sore throats and I don't want anything that discouraged them from eating. Gums are very pale, but they seem a bit perkier. They grazed A bit all day with other cows and are happy for companionship. They don't appear to be dehydrated. They are at least standing now when we check them instead of constantly laying down.
Glad to hear of positive progress, even if not all the way better yet. Standing! Grazing! Drinking milk, even patiently with a syringe is better than refusing yes? All in 24 hours when the normal course for most animals would be quick decline and death?
I would be very happy with that as all very hopeful signs!!
Keep up with clay and maybe add yeast or other probiotics? In human detox we never stop any outflow of poisons, so maybe just keep going another day and hopefully it going through fast will mean less is getting into their system (of the toxins I mean)...
Well, one thing is for sure... this will be preventable in the future not only for you but for many of us as well, so along that line of thinking- thank you so much for sharing and helping us all learn along with you. None of us knows it all, as evident here with your very well trained Veterinary husband even missing the dreaded plant in your fields... so give yourself a little break here okay? You are doing much more than many would do...
I hope you can give yourself permission to at least have Some hope and especially when you are with the calves. I always pretend my animals can see my thoughts when I am with them so when playing nurse I make myself See Them Well whenever I am with them... (you already know I am a little different so no need to try and hide it now lol)
I know bad things can happen though and all the pretending in the world can't stop that, and maybe knowing that can keep it all in perspective but I truly hope it doesn't keep you from celebrating the very real progress they seem to be making either. Hope that makes sense here...
Oh simplynaturalfarm. I am so sorry that on-top of the rubbish that is 2020 your animals are giving you grief. We feel your pain.
Why is it animals ALWAYS pick when the vet is away, or out of business hours to chuck a wobbly. I don't think I have yet had something go pear shaped in business hours, when a vet was actually available (a few times when no vet available).
The liver is an amazing organ and very good at compensation and healing. Hang in there, I know it's so hard, but they are holding their own and making progress. Cautious optimism, is ok.
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Oct 10, 2020 9:18:19 GMT -5
I fell soundly asleep until quarter to 9:00 and woke up with a start came running to milk the cows and I hear bellowing and bellowing. my daughter went to see who's bellowing because we're watching cows in heat and here it is the sickest heifer bellowing for her breakfast even though she can't drink from the bottle!
Do keep us updated! I need to get the Sorghum-Sudan tested for nitrates... it froze a month ago, but not hard enough to completely kill it and there is regrowth. Rachel
Me, my Hubby, and four Littles one horse - Cappy A burgeoning goat herd 35+ British White and Angus mama cows, and several bulls My milk cows: Faith, Chick and Freckles Heifers coming up - Dolly Dixie RIP
I'm so sorry about your calves! I had never heard of kochia, so now I'm reading about it. Thank you for sharing what is happening. And please don't delete the question, we all want to know how it turns out!
"And God said, "See, I have given you every green herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food ... Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good." Genesis 1:29, 31a
"Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: "...Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given them to you, even as the green herbs." Genesis 9:1,3
I wonder if there's any kind of kidney and liver friendly diet you can manage for them. I know for people they limit sodium, but that might just be because people eat a lot of sodium. I would restrict the TM salt anyway. Just incase.
Good for you having a hungry calf, and getting much needed sleep. When Runa got sick I did a lot of night watch and not much sleeping. you have a longer road to go with their recovery and you need your sleep so you can help them. Still praying that they recover fully.
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steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
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