Post by mommasquilts on Jan 2, 2021 19:50:42 GMT -5
Dakota 2year old FF calved on December 16. She is milking out 2.5 gallons a day on twice a day milking. This morning she did not finish all her feed and seemed a bit off. During the day I noticed she was laying down a lot and was not quick to come up when I fed the other girls. I usually feed them and then halter her and bring her to the dairy barn. She was slow to follow but that’s not altogether unusual. She milked out fine, but again was not interested in finishing her feed—left way more than last time. I checked her udder for hot or swollen areas and there were none. No chunks or flakes on the online milk filter. I took her temp and it was 103.
I have a call in to the vet, but the one on call is young and not really dairy savvy.
He just called and wants me to give her banamine and probiotics and see how she is doing in the morning.
Post by mommasquilts on Jan 3, 2021 7:57:36 GMT -5
I’m getting ready to milk her in a bit. She was not interested in coming back in the stanchion for a cmt last night. I did give her Probios and Banamine and she liked the flake if alfalfa I gave her last night.
Post by mommasquilts on Jan 3, 2021 9:35:53 GMT -5
CMT is negative. Temp 100.0. She left most of her feed in the stanchion bowl. Ketone strip shows trace to small. She looked like she was cudding when I came out this morning and I can hear bowel sounds. Her manure seems loose but not bad.
Post by mommasquilts on Jan 3, 2021 9:43:11 GMT -5
As I am sitting here watching Dakota, she has come back to the feed bowl that I placed on the floor. She sniffed at it and picked around until she found a cube that suited her and began to eat it. As she goes to swallow, she Bob’s her head up and down a couple of times. About 10 minutes ago when I was bottle feeding Dora I noticed Dakota licking her nose and bobbing her head a bit. I’m beginning to wonder if there is something going on in her mouth. When DH can help me, I think I’ll run her into the squeeze chute and take a look at her mouth.
At her age it's possible she has a loose tooth, they are losing molars at that age. Shouldn't cause a fever though
I wondered about a loose tooth.
ETA: vet didn’t think 103 was a fever. 😕
Going way back to feedlot days - we didn't treat unless it was at least 103 and those were high risk animals run through high risk environments.
Just keep an eye on her if she keeps feeling punky. They do have immune systems so if she did catch something it's possible she was able to take care of it herself. Or it could just be the start and you'll notice a change and higher temp or symptoms start to arrive.
Still sounds a lot like ketosis can you run another strip?, though I wouldn't think that long after calving. When Puppy was still around she pulled the same routine after a big bull calf was pulled from her, and was fine after a few days. the dairy savvy vet I had in those days pumped her full of vitamins/yeast/probiotics but I thought the banamine the best salve as it got her interested in eating again. Calving can whoop the energy out of some cows and especially heifers more than others. I wasn't used to it from the shorthorns. how did the calving go?
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Jan 3, 2021 14:01:24 GMT -5
Yesterday pickles refused her grain. My daughter had decided to put her green right on the cement instead of in a feeder since pickles throws it everywhere anyway. Pickles sniffed and spat it everywhere so my daughter joked that she wouldn't eat it unless she could throw it around already herself, so she scooped it all up and put it back in the feeder at which point pickles had turned her head away and was refusing to even look at it. When we were done milking, pickles then flung her feeder out and spent whole time tossing her head and acting odd. I let her out after milking, she kicked at me ( a first) ran off bucking and snorted like a wild horse and shook her head every time I came near. I told her she was being silly, led her and her buddy ( who became a royal turd also) to cows field and she just stood off by herself, ignoring all feed and causing me much stress. 8 hours later, pickles was standing at gate, bellowing for food and ate the food she's refused earlier and acted like she had been starved for weeks. Sometimes, there is no understanding cows!!
Post by mommasquilts on Jan 3, 2021 18:13:56 GMT -5
She ate most of the hay I gave her and I have refilled her bin, but now it’s not quite as attractive. Her manure is completely unformed (runny) and her rumen looks empty. 😢
I kept her up at the barn today so I could observe her, but I think she eats better when she is with her sisters.
I usually walk her across the yard to the pens (top left of picture) every morning after milking and bring her back in the evening. This afternoon I took her out on a long lead and she ate some green winter grasses.
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