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Posted July 02, 2011 - 08:40 PM

I know nothing about cows, so is the worst of it over for her?


It's possible the worst is over, but you never know. She could keel over yet. We have to get her in the barn before it gets hot tomorrow, but no wet concrete for her just yet no matter what. She'll go onto sawdust pack for at least a couple days. Means hand milking a cow that gives a lot of milk, but she should be low on milk for a couple days, so that'll make it easier. If her calves had lived, or we had one or 2 nursing age calves, they could do that job for us, but we have no suckling age calves at the moment. Means the arthritis will flare! I'm on steroid pills for a week for tendonitis right now, so goodie, I get to hand milk for a few days! Life is cruel, but I'm still in better shape than the cow! LOL

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Posted July 02, 2011 - 10:14 PM

Sorry for the troubles.

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Posted July 02, 2011 - 10:34 PM

are all of your cows calving now or was she just late . seems late in the season to be having calves or early depending on when you calve . we always calved in late fall .

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Posted July 02, 2011 - 11:21 PM

Best of luck with that girl, dairy farming is no easy job that is for darn sure. Daniel I have a quick question for you, I purchased over the last 2 weeks, 3 drop holstiens ( bottle feeding now) and the first advice I got was to auction and butcher at 9 months, them I was told to wait longer for more beef. Whats your opion on this?

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Posted July 02, 2011 - 11:40 PM

Glad to hear she will likely make it. Farming is certainly a tough life.

Great pics. For those who don't know what such life events are like, that might be a reminder not to be too hasty to complain about what comes from a good farm. Plenty of good farmers behind the product.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 06:32 AM

are all of your cows calving now or was she just late . seems late in the season to be having calves or early depending on when you calve . we always calved in late fall .

While best to calve anytime other than summer, it is too difficult to keep that cycle if you keep your cows in the milking herd several years. This is an older cow, and older cows generally are harder breeders, so she is late to calve, or early as you said.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 06:35 AM

How's she doing?

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 06:38 AM

Daniel I have a quick question for you, I purchased over the last 2 weeks, 3 drop holstiens ( bottle feeding now) and the first advice I got was to auction and butcher at 9 months, them I was told to wait longer for more beef. Whats your opion on this?


I would not butcher at 9mths. Just won't be enough meat there to recover costs at that point. I would raise 1 1/2 to 2yrs.
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Posted July 03, 2011 - 07:18 AM

Daniel,

Give her a pat for me. Hope she and your hands recover.
Had one of my favorites do this back in the day. Took quite a while for her to snap out of it. We never bred her again after that, just to the shows for a few years, then she went with the herd. The Doc told us she'd be fine if we skipped a cycle or two... just never wanted to take the chance. Told the guy that bought them of her history, but he said she had a good enough bloodline to try. He let Dad know she had a calf a year later, so all's well that ends well.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 07:34 AM

Hope the cow will return to a productive life, Daniel. You're sure doing a good job taking care of her! Glad you posted the pictures. It's good for people to see what happens in your life on the farm

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM

Hope the cow will return to a productive life, Daniel. You're sure doing a good job taking care of her! Glad you posted the pictures. It's good for people to see what happens in your life on the farm


At first she didn't acknowledge any help as bad as she felt. Then when I started rubbing that cool water into her coat, she acted mad, but then quickly relaxed & seemed to enjoy it! Glad to see ya Bill. You're not online as much as you used to be seems like.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 01:58 PM

Good luck with ole 155. She looks like a keeper.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 02:04 PM

My son Josh got her up into the sawdust pack this morning. Said she walked fine & stepped right over the foot tall concrete curb with no problem. Our last calf born has been on bottle, so we put it in with her to see if they would take to one another. Jury still out on that. If calf doesn't suckle, we'll either hand milk her, or take her by herself & see if she can make it to & through the milk parlor. We'll know quick once she gets on the wet concrete whether to keep walking her to the parlor or put her back in the sawdust. I think she'll do ok and make a full recovery.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 02:34 PM

Glad to hear she's doing better

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 03:07 PM

Glad to hear Elsie is doing good. Or is it Bossie? Anyway, hope her and the calf get along. She might need a day or so of rest.




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