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Posted April 24, 2012 - 08:44 AM

She was at the silage feeder eating when I woke up. Milked her as though nothing had happened, except 1st milking following milk fever, you only milk part way to prevent calcium drop again. She'll be fine to milk all the way out this evening. Success!
Alan...never drenched a cow in my life.
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 08:53 AM

Amazing. You make them fart, and they're all better again.
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 09:07 AM

What is drenched a cow?

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 11:03 AM

What is drenched a cow?


Anytime you have to force feed a cow via a tube down the throat, it is "drenching". It can be milk to a calf, or medicated solutions for the cow whenever they won't eat or drink to get the meds down them. I have had to force feed a calf or 2 in my time, but never a cow. All the meds I've ever needed were something I could give via a IV tube. I did years ago have the vet out for a cow with a messed up digestive system. He used a pump to pump the cow equivalent of "Pepto Bismol" down her throat.
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 12:02 PM

Sprayed corn ground this morning and went after lunch to spray more, but too windy now. I have other chores I can do around the dairy until the wind lays down. Should be able to finish the spray tomorrow either way as wind is forecast to be light.
I took the camera though to snap some pics out there, so not a lost trip. Dad's house is 2 miles up the road from me. Here's pics of out there. 65 acres, Dad's home, the tobacco barn with sheds on both sides, and some equipment. Finally got the elusive pic of our Massey Super 90 too! She needs a good cleaning.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 12:07 PM

And as I passed the back of Dad's neighbor's place, I spied 2 old items I need to see him about. I drove back with my truck to get some pics from across the fence. Looks to be a 50's(?) Gravely with rotary cutter, but missing the air cleaner. Then there's the old cast iron seat with spring! I know the fella, and even bought a Virago 700 from him a few years back. He told me then that the former owner left a lot of old stuff he wanted to sell, but that he needed to wait a while to be the true owner. Well, it's sure been long enough now, as that was over 5yrs or more ago. Time to go visit the neighbors! It's in the little red shed in the 1st pic.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 12:38 PM

Thanks Daniel, I learned something new today. I got the impression from Alan's post that when you drenched a cow it kind of smell's bad. I could see where it would be a real pain. When I was a boy I worked in a Vet's office and would have to force med's down Dog and Cat's and sometimes that would be a real pain but noting like a cow.

Thanks for sharing the pic's.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 02:00 PM

But Oh Bill! If you've ever been nose to nose with a cow when she lets out a good old belch, like she DOES whenever you drench one, that IS one nasty smelling bunch of belly gas! Yes indeed!
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 03:22 PM

But Oh Bill! If you've ever been nose to nose with a cow when she lets out a good old belch, like she DOES whenever you drench one, that IS one nasty smelling bunch of belly gas! Yes indeed!


And, so if you wore some sort of respirator, you might scare the crap out of the cow. A no win situation.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 03:35 PM

And, so if you wore some sort of respirator, you might scare the crap out of the cow. A no win situation.


When a cow will crap:

1: When she's scared
2: When she's not scared
3: When she stands up
4: When she lays down
5: When she comes walking into the milk parlor.
6: When she's walking out of the milk parlor
7: While she's eating
8: When she's finished eating
9: 3 or 4 times when you are trimming their feet
10: When you go to put the milkers on
11: When you go to take the milkers off

I could go on, but you can see where this is going! Yep, they crap round the clock, no matter what!
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 03:50 PM

I was around dairy cows a lot in my youth. You sure have all the poop on when they poop Daniel.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 04:20 PM

I bet you don't get alot of sandles for christmas. (or white sneakers)
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 04:37 PM

I bet you don't get alot of sandles for christmas. (or white sneakers)


Well heck no Will. If'n you wear those, ya can't feel it squish up between yer toes! :bigrofl:

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 05:01 PM

I bet you don't get alot of sandles for christmas. (or white sneakers)


That was great Will, I burst out laughing as soon as I saw it. :rofl2:
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 06:46 PM

Daniel, you left out my favorite crap que.

After they graze in the fresh pasture for a couple of days, they wait until you're in the "splash zone" behind them and then they cough.
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