Wednesday, November 11, 2015

MSU extension and vet visit

Kris is on the MSU Extension Advisory Board and after their meeting yesterday everyone came for a farm tour.  Farmers love seeing other farms.  It's just the way it is!  It was nice seeing everyone and talking - and nice doing a tour with Kris.  Questions from farmers are so different than questions from preschoolers ... for example, "What is your philosophy on cow size?"

We had another visit from Lindsey Sanchez, our vet.  (You may remember the surgery post.)  Josh noticed something was wrong with a cow.  We use a stethoscope on cows to listen to their insides - like their rumen.  Kris let me listen to it - it was my first time - and it sounded like far off thunder.  

We thought she might have a displaced abomasum, but Lindsey listened and palpated and diagnosed her with a mummified calf.  The cow gave birth 80 days ago to a live calf, and that calf apparently had a twin that didn't make it.  Her body was trying to absorb it, but she hasn't been able to do it yet.

Lindsey wasn't sure why this put her 'off feed' (that's the term for her not eating enough and not feeling well), but she suggested feeding her a special mix that we have for cows and giving her some medicine.

Again, Lindsey had to do all this with three boys, team members, and me watching.  I should have asked her her philosophy on people watching you at work, taking your picture, and asking a hundred questions the entire time!

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dairy farming said...

abnormal size and weight gaining of cows is a big issue with cows....
dairy farming is turning into a nightmare for me. as we had 12 cows 7 of them started suffering from over weight, they had ABOMASAL ULCERATION it is a condition of adult cattle and calves which may result in severe gastric bleeding sometimes accompanied by perforation which may be fatal, or, more commonly, a chronic syndrome with minimal bleeding and indigestion.
the acute form of the disease is seen in dairy cows at grass, mature bulls following transport and/or surgery, yearling feedlot cattle, and young (under 4 months) part-fed and single suckled calves. In young calves the problem appears to be related to the introduction of solid feed, and occasionally to the presence of abomasal hair-balls.

Carla said...

Oh, that sounds awful? What steps are you taking to help your herd? Good luck!

dairy farming said...

we did call the vet carla.. but they said we had to use antibiotics to cure... i am against using antibiotics for dairy animals... i feel that ill be contaminating the dairy product they produce.. for now ive been using herbal medicine... the diet mostly consists of Alfa Alfa and other herbal leaves... slight improvement in the health... hope they get well soon... i feel so sorry for them :(

fabian said...

good luck.
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