Lost first calf of season

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Re: Lost first calf of season

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:03 pm

Nesikep wrote:Had my first of the season today.. 2-3 weeks early, dont' know what happened, have a call in to my vet.
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Nesi, by the picture it looks like the placenta came out with the calf, which would indicate it separated from the uterus, thus causing the calf to suffocate inside. One of our first calf heifers did this in September. I saw placental membranes before the calf, and when I jumped in and pulled the calf, the membranes came with it. The calf flew right out, it was small (and dead, of course).

Either way, a sad ending. Good thing you are able to use the cow still. Do you guys drink your own milk?

Here is hoping everyone else has better luck.
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Re: Lost first calf of season

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:59 pm

I'm going to keep my mouth shut!
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Re: Lost first calf of season

Postby Nesikep » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:53 pm

Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:
Nesikep wrote:Had my first of the season today.. 2-3 weeks early, dont' know what happened, have a call in to my vet.
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Nesi, by the picture it looks like the placenta came out with the calf, which would indicate it separated from the uterus, thus causing the calf to suffocate inside. One of our first calf heifers did this in September. I saw placental membranes before the calf, and when I jumped in and pulled the calf, the membranes came with it. The calf flew right out, it was small (and dead, of course).

Either way, a sad ending. Good thing you are able to use the cow still. Do you guys drink your own milk?

Here is hoping everyone else has better luck.

well a week later she shows no sign of infection or smells, so I'm going to assume she cleaned out.
Yes, we're going to be making lots of yogurt methinks... She's gotten used to the milking routine and stands pretty well for it, lets her milk down pretty easily as well.. the "handles" are a little small for my hands though.. Makes about 2 gallons a day or so, probably would do better if it was a calf nursing every couple hours, but we'll be flooded anyhow. Probably would have done better if she carried full term too.

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Re: Lost first calf of season

Postby True Grit Farms » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:44 pm

That's some expensive milk.
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Re: Lost first calf of season

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:31 pm

Very nice looking heifer.
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Re: Lost first calf of season

Postby Nesikep » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:13 am

Yeah, it is.. but at the price of organic yogurt, she's paying her feed bill, and it certainly beats having her do nothing! With some luck I'll have a twin she can take on, been a while since we had twins, we're due for a set.
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Re: Lost first calf of season

Postby frieghttrain » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:43 am

Yotta?
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