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Posted April 25, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Heel warts just don't sound good at all.



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Posted April 25, 2014 - 11:17 AM

Heel warts just don't sound good at all.

 

They aren't!  Bad ones will make the cow go completely lame & go off feed, as they don't want to stand to eat.  Both of these had them between the hooves, not on the heel.  Actually, I did 3 this morning, 2 between hooves, one on the heel.  They will instantly feel better, but in a few days they will improve dramatically.


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 11:26 AM

  Hoping lunch revives me, once that "I just ate slump" passes.  

 

 

I tell everyone I am in "food coma" and just want to take a nap, they just give me a puzzled look


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 03:06 PM

Just finished trimming, and I'm literally worn down to nothing.  I have a half hour to recuperate enough to get ready to milk.  But I got all 14 done.  I do have several more that will need trimming later, but nothing that can't wait.  All the sore footed cows have been tended.  I'll tell you one thing...there is NO skipping a shower the night following hoof trimming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 03:12 PM

I bet not!
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Posted April 25, 2014 - 04:38 PM

I still want to see what nail polish the girls chose!


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 04:53 PM

My wife might be able to use your hoof trimming service.  She has the worst looking feet of any woman I've seen!


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 06:03 PM

I still want to see what nail polish the girls chose!

 

Well, being I had to cut the heel warts out, those had bright red polish.  You'd think it would be painful as all get out to them, but once you start, they actually seem to feel better immediately.  None held a grudge at milking time anyway.  Gonna take me a looong shower soon!


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 06:06 PM

Oh, #300 had the worst heel wart between her toes.  She hasn't walked on that foot for weeks, keeping it lifted up constantly.  Had a bulging wart in there, so any pressure on her claws (toes) would squeeze the wart...lotsa pain.  Soon as I let her out of the trim chute, she was walking on it right off!  :thumbs:   But just getting her in the chute almost didn't happen.  She's a high strung nutty cow, and she liked to have taken the tilt table apart!  Still, she did fine in the parlor.


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 06:26 PM

Glad the girls are happy with getting their nails done!


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 07:05 PM

Daniel, I remember when (back in the 80's when I worked on the farm) we used to have the hoof trimmer come and it used to be my job to get them into the tilt table (boy I don't miss doing that) and they used to run out the other side just like young cattle,lol.


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 07:59 PM

Daniel, I remember when (back in the 80's when I worked on the farm) we used to have the hoof trimmer come and it used to be my job to get them into the tilt table (boy I don't miss doing that) and they used to run out the other side just like young cattle,lol.

 

Well I'll say I didn't run from the chute when I was done.....cause I was done for!  It's just about the most dreaded job I have to do.  Arthritis is my biggest issue, as holding the tools so tight gets to be awfully painful after just a short time.  It's sure not fun getting them in the chute either is it Eric!  #297 would have run me down if I hadn't moved in time, but she got her butt in there just the same.  My day off farm duty is Sunday, and looking forward to it!  :thumbs:


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 10:48 PM

  #297 would have run me down if I hadn't moved in time, but she got her butt in there just the same.  looking forward to it!  :thumbs:

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Posted April 26, 2014 - 11:15 PM

Bet your glad to have that job behind you.



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Posted April 27, 2014 - 08:07 AM

Bet your glad to have that job behind you.

 

Yes, but it's not really behind me.....my neck & shoulders still carry it with me.  Not all the trimming though, as my neck has been hurting for a week or 2 now. All 8 of my fingertips have had  a certain degree of numb feeling.  Googling this points to nerve pressure in the neck as the cause.  If I could/would just get the chest railing rebuilt in the parlor it might stop the neck problem.  The railing is bent/bowed to where the cows on one side of the parlor have more room to push forward & crowd up.  Just the couple inches make it a real stretch putting the milkers on, and you can't go putting your head over in there, so I have to contort to get milkers on at times.  I'm sure that is what has got my neck messed up.  Sticking my head over in there might stop the muscle/neck problem, but I figure a kick to my head could hurt just a tad worse!  :smilewink:   Gonna rain a lot the next 2 days, so I need to get this job done if I can.  

  Today is my day off though, and having a late Easter family gathering on Teresa's side of the family this afternoon.  In a few minutes, after I get enough coffee in me, I'll venture out for some GT time.


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