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KatG    Posted 12-20-2004 at 17:27:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
First let me thank ya'll all so much for the anniversary wishes...Ya'll all seem like next door neighbors insead of miles away...
We got a snow storm on the way so says the weatherman ...he is known to weather is very unprediactble...It was 22 last night and in the 60's this afternnon...
Got to go tomorrow and try to find MAtt some insulated coveralls...couldn't find anything in the little town we live nearby...I got to go to the docotr and get these stitches out...If I could see them I would so it and still might try using a mirrow...Matt try and couldn't do it...said they were growed in...MAde me feel real good.....
Got to wean the calf tomorrow...she is biting Ellies teats and they have got marks on them and very sore...Star will be 3 months old this month and is well over 200 pounds...Any suggestions??? Just go "cold turkey" on her???
Suppose to be bad driving after Wednesday might have to break out the old 4X4...I love it...Regular old farm truck but it is so rough I like it...MAy not make it to MAmma's for the Christmas dinner...but I can always go down the hill to my best friends house...She is acooking...all her family is fronm out of town and may not make it either...
This is one we just got to be prepared for and play by ear...
Just hope we don't loose power so I can at least play on the puter if I can't go outside to a good one...KAtG

Judy in NC    Posted 12-21-2004 at 00:39:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Kat, we too have had an occassional calf that at a young age began to bite it's mother's teats and make her sore.

What works for us is to just limit the calf's time with her mother. She/he is brought in to feed, and then put right back in a separate pen where she can see her mother, but not nurse.

This gives the cow time to heal up between feedings - the calf isn't able to keep taking short "nips" throughout the day and night. Eventually I do have to wean those calves a little younger though, because they get the mother so cut up I can't even milk her. I have never had the cow begin to kick at her calf, though she would wince from pain on occassion - your cow must be pretty sore to do that.

Judy in NC

PLR    Posted 12-20-2004 at 17:36:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About the calf....Personally I think three months is a little young to be weaning them especially at this time of year. I would just give her another month or so with momma. We dont wean until they are about 6-8 months.

Happy Holidays,


KatG    Posted 12-20-2004 at 19:13:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We hate to wean her this early and this time of year also...but the cow has got scratches on her teats and are very sore...she trys to kick the calf when it trys to nurse...Any advice on what we could do would be greatly appreicated...KatG

Alias    Posted 12-20-2004 at 21:14:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kat there's one thing you should remember about the animal kingdom. The Mother won't allow that calf to hurt her too much. but, it never hurts to help nature along. Place a halter on the little one and stand ready to yank on it if he begin to push too much against the udder. Also limit his time for nursing. Whenever he pushes against the udder, it means it is empty and he's still hungry. So, suppliment his diet with some calf starter. Good luck.....gfp

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