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6- DAYS and the Cow is NOW STANDING!!!!
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Posted by Mark Hendershot on May 25, 2002 at 06:56:27 from (18.104.22.168):
I haven't said anything about this but Shellbys Head cow who just had her calf a month ago went down last Sunday and could not get up! Called the vet and the first one did not know what to do. We have been proping her up against straw bales all week every hour or so. Been hard on all of us. The girls have been massaging the cow to keep the blood flowing, watering it in a gal bucket feeding it our dog cookies the only thing she would eat. The second Vet thought it might be "Grass Tetany" so Carol has been researching it. What causes it is when you have a fire and it burns the grass off the new grass that comes up is richer and the pot ash from the fire upsets the balance in the cows minerals. We have been giving the cow enamas with epson salt, IVs, electrolites all week. A cow that is nursing is more likely to have this problem in a ceral grain pasture and the one they were in was mostly Rye Grass. We are feeding the others alflfa along with having them on another pasture. We could not pick up the 1,500 lb cow to move her so I had to build her a shelter over top of her and keep her covered with a horse blanket to keep her warm in the rains we have been having. Well this morning she stood for the first time in 6-days and we are jumping for joy. It was a lot of work but we saved the cow. So this will be a nice weekend after all and we did not lose Sissy and her Calf Dark Wind is Nursing now again and will be OK to. Mark H.
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