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Drying up a cow
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KatG    Posted 07-02-2004 at 11:28:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Will someone please tell me the process to dry up a Jersey milk cow that is due the 15th of Sept....Thanks...KAtG

Burrhead    Posted 07-02-2004 at 11:47:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
KatG I go to the vet and get a *dry off* shot it's about $3 and give it to the cow. Then no matter how bad she bawls do not milk her anymore and let the medicine do it's job.

deadcarp    Posted 07-02-2004 at 12:57:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man they DO have medicine for everything nowdays don't they? Instead of Archie Bunker yelling "Awfer cryin out loud, Keep it down in nair, Eadit!" now he'd say "Is'll bet chu didn't take your pill yet, didja?"

Burrhead    Posted 07-02-2004 at 13:03:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
that aint no lie there's a pill fer anything.

One of my buddies stopped by on the way back from the VA Hosp this mawnin and we counted his pill box.

Them Docs have him on 16 medications. I did'nt say it to him, but I thought to myself--dadgum it's no wonder he don't have any appetite. He's over eating just on pills.

bill b va    Posted 07-02-2004 at 17:00:14       [Reply]  [No Email]

no VA for me .it is my understanding most of them VA DRs are there because they can't get a liscense to practice medicine privately . about 3 years ago i went there and i couldn't speak arab and they coudn't speak english and the only thing we agreed on was prevacid causes diarea. my brother went for a difficulty in swallowing and they told him you are going to die .

Burrhead    Posted 07-02-2004 at 17:12:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't doubt that. I quit going when I ended up with some sort of Oriental Doc. The Doc before him was a Russian and I could'nt understand him.

The oriental Doc was kind of arrogant in the way he carried himself and acted but I dunno what he was saying to me or about me.

KatG    Posted 07-02-2004 at 17:54:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Jersey cow is due to have a calf Sept.15th and the dairy we bought her from said her last milking day should be the 27th of this month...He told hubby to go to the vet and get some meds to put into her teats...Have any of Ya'll ever done this??
We are new to this "cow game" and learning from ones with knowledge and figured this would be a great place to start...Thanks..KAtG

Judy in NC    Posted 07-02-2004 at 19:06:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How much is she milking a day currently?
I have a holstein that I milk daily - about a gallon to 5 quarts a day for our family; and let her calf have the rest.
With her last calf she dried up on her own about two months before she was due.
Other times I just back off on the milking, less each day and let her dry off gradually. I don't like using meds unless it's an absolute have to.
Email me if you'd like.
Judy in NC

Burrhead    Posted 07-02-2004 at 19:06:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes Mam you have to start somewhere.

Yes I do my milkers that way. I can't recall the name of it but the vet and most feedstores around me usually keep it.

It holds down the danger of infection and/or mastitis from swelling and bumping around of the full udder.

In my area(Texas) the 29th of this month would be the ideal date to dry her off. Wherever you are look at the almanac and start her while the sign is in the foot. She won't beller and carry on so much. She'll still carry on some but not as bad.

The almanac works for farming despite what the right of way crews in New England say about it.

KatG    Posted 07-03-2004 at 10:52:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank ya'll so much ffor the info...I got out the almanac and showed my husband how to read the signs...I was raised by my grandpa and he was a strong believer in the signs...So he taught all us kids how to use them also...But after all these years of not using that knowledge I had forgot it...and Grandpa has been gone for 30 I wish that he was aroundnow that I have sense enough to appreicate his vast amount of knowing how to do and what to do...Judy how did you keep the calf away from her??? We have a 2 month old calf that is eating good but still nursing when he gets a chance...This is not her calf but a day old bull we bought when we got her..He ain't no bull no more..but our cow is such a good Mamma and loves him so...I am afraid we are fixing to have trouble drying her up and totally weaning Amos at the same time..Anymore adive is greatly needed...Thanks folks..KAtG...PS...I am from Texas in Arkansas the mountains

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