Post by crazyheifer on Oct 17, 2020 10:17:23 GMT -5
I had a new Guernsey heifer calve 3 weeks ago. Her back teats are leaking constantly. I sent a sample to the lab to check for SCC which came back extremely elevated on one side and the other side was fairly good. There really hasn’t been any issues with the milk or mastitis Even on my CMT it doesn’t come up positive but I’m afraid that with them staying open I will eventually have issues especially with cold weather coming. I’m wondering if this is something that gets better with time or will this always be an issue? What might have caused this is it genetic? Any advice would be great.
Continuous leaking is weird between milkings. Has her precalving edema gone down? Are you getting her milked out completely? How many times a day are you milking? It's fairly common for fast milking, high producing cows to drip when milking time is imminent but not drip all day.
Our most current heifer did that after calving this year. Took a good month to really get good udder quality so that she stopped leaking. The cause is a combination of small udder capacity (for my heifer, at least) and loose teat sphincters - she milks out really fast.
Are you milking twice a day and getting good letdown?
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Post by crazyheifer on Oct 17, 2020 12:48:01 GMT -5
Seems most of the edema has went down but she did have a lot of edema the first week and a half. Her back teats were so huge it was really hard to get her milked out because my machine wouldn’t fit them and even my hands would barely fit around the back ones. I am leaving the calf on her 24/7 and she isn’t great about letting her milk down. The vet did give me oxytocin which I have been reluctant to use it, I have heard that once they get use to the oxytocin they count on it but any output on that would be appreciated. I milk twice a day but two days a week (not back to back) i work 24 hour shifts and I’m not able to be home to milk and don’t have help, the vet seemed to think that would be fine if I milked her at night before I left and as soon as I get home. Seems the calf is doing a good job at drinking the milk I tend to leave the front two for calf and just milk out the back teats.
Post by cosyeskimo on Oct 17, 2020 17:10:28 GMT -5
Can you swap which teats you milk, I would be inclined to milk the front ones and leave the back ones for the calf to empty. Maybe she's holding up on those back ones and that's why she leaking? Hope you can solve the problem
What were her SCC values? She needs to be milked more consistently. Hopefully you're just seeing the result of stale milk lingering but it's very possible that she has subclinical mastitis like Staph A. I would restrict the calf to nursing 2x daily while you milk. His nursing while you milk will ensure a complete letdown. Letdown only lasts about 8 minutes so don't wait until he's finished to commence milking. Try this for a few days and see if her milk improves. Unfortunately cows really do best with routine and throwing off her milking schedule every week could really contribute to SCC issues. Can you find someone to milk those days? Otherwise it may be best to get her a foster calf.
Using oxytocin a couple times will not get her addicted. You can start with a larger dose and then a smaller dose each consecutive time. But there really isn't a need if you can milk alongside the calf as he stimulates letdown just as well.
What type of milking machine are you using? There are some really inferior machines out there that cause major teat and udder issues - just want to make sure that's not the case!
Post by crazyheifer on Oct 17, 2020 20:05:26 GMT -5
I won’t get her results officially back until Monday but I think when the lab called it was 600,000, they are doing a culture so I’ll know more Monday. I agree it’s not ideal to skip those days but I can’t find no help at all very frustrating, I am trying to find someone willing to train and do it twice on the days I work but so far it’s like hunting a needle in a haystack. I will try to lock the calf up and see how that does for the milk let down she is usually in the barn with her when I milk but not nursing.
I use the Nupulse claw milk machine but a lot of times I just try to milk her out by hand. I also have Mineral bar available and put kelp and minerals in the feed to while I’m milking. Other than the feed at milking time, which is an organic grain and chafhaye and alfalfa pellets, they are all grass fed. Also been rubbing her bag down with under mint and putting ACV in the water
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