Posted 09-23-2004 at 08:31:10
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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!!!!!