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It's a GIRL!!!!
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KatG    Posted 09-23-2004 at 04:40:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Born this the late of hours of last night or early hours of this morning...just found her at 5:30 am...Don't think she has sucked yet...Should we just leave her and the cow alone...when do we dip the navel...How long do we let her suc the colostrum from her Mom...Thanks..KAtG


Fern(Mi)    Posted 09-23-2004 at 08:31:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let the pretty little heifer suck on her ma for three days for the colostrums. It takes that long for the first milk to clear the cow's system. Besides, you wont be particularly happy with the taste nor flavor those first three days regardless.
Thing to check, has ma cow cleaned, any strings or strips of after birth hanging from her vagina? If there is any flesh still attached to the cow watch that it should fall cleanly from her. If not, youíll want to wait three days to clean her. For this procedure you will require a disposable vinyl vetís glove to reach deep inside her and pull as much of the afterbirth from her insides. Following this you should place deep within her 2 poultices (antibiotics) to stem any infection.

On milking, if you want all the cow can give, milk her out yourself. Then give the calf 2qts twice a day. While your at it, breack the calf to a pail right off and skip the bottle. Only takes a day or three and your hands are free, and ya save time doing chores. Want personal contact with the heifer calf tie her up while you do chores. She will break easy to lead if started right away. And something for kids to do.
If I've forgotten anything? Holler!!!

Now, get out there and enjoy your new family and make us all proud!!!!!


Fernan


Willy-N    Posted 09-23-2004 at 07:23:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just watch from a distance to make sure the Calf does get milk from mom. As far as the cord it will just fall off. Watch it to make sure it dose not get infected or a hernia other than that mom will deal with it. After a while you can maybe get close for a look but be aware mom can be protective so give her room. Mark H.


mojo    Posted 09-23-2004 at 04:55:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just sit back and let Mother Nature do her job.
Congratulations! See, it wasn't that difficult! Your estimation of cowboys will probably go down now that you see how easy it is!

Course things don't ALWAYS go smoothly. But nows not the time to worry about that.


sdg    Posted 09-23-2004 at 04:51:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know the answers, But wanted to say Welcome to your new little girl. I'm sure Fern can help you if he's on. Good luck with her.


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