Sore On Teat

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Sore On Teat

Postby I luv herfrds » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:01 pm

Noticed awhile back my cow was getting chapped teats.
So I started rubbing Bag Balm on all 4 teats. That is when I felt something funny.
Took a closer look and it was a small split. It has gotten bigger. I keep putting bag balm on all 4 every day after milking.
It is not bleeding it is just like a big svab.
She doesn't kick at me when I touch so it must not be sore.

Any suggestions on anything else I should do? Stopping milking that one and just let the calves nurse it?
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby regolith » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:37 pm

It probably is sore even if she's not showing it yet, and usually I've found calves suckling is not good for teat skin. If you're using teat spray, add glycerine at the maximum recommended rate and spray before and after milking, thoroughly soak her teats in it. You can wipe off immediately before applying the cups if you're concerned about residues.
It's a little controversial saying this - lay off the bag balm and only use the teatspray for a week and see if it improves. I've never used any grease/moisturisers on my cows, just the teatspray and usually see better teat condition than in herds where the cracks are being greased up every milking.

It would help to know what caused it too - lots of potential causes for cracks and some are preventable.
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby I luv herfrds » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:12 am

Thanks regolith. Will switch to teat spray.
She does have 2 calves on her too.
Still very dry here.
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby GMN » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:12 am

is she a milk cow or just a nurse cow?
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby I luv herfrds » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:48 pm

Bothmilk and nurse cow.

Got some udder butter and that seems to be working much better
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby GMN » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:12 am

are her teats huge and swollen? You may try some lazix to bring down the edema in her bag if this is the case-best ointment I found and use is Corona its a thick white paste but works great-sores are gone in a few days
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby chippie » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:22 am

I forget, do you allow the calves to stay on her? If so, they will not allow it to heal.
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby I luv herfrds » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:22 pm

Calves are cut off at night and I milk her in the morning. I have noticed they are not nursing her right away in the morning. They are eating the feed first.
One sore is looking better. The other one not as bad. They are going to be weaned next month. They will both be 6 months old.
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby chippie » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:48 am

So they run with her during the day? If so, you might want to pen them off during the day so that they are not nursing at will. Bring her up and feed her and let the calves nurse her out when you do not want to milk. I would dip her teats and wipe them after the calves nurse her to get the saliva off. Then turn her back out without the calves.
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Re: Sore On Teat

Postby I luv herfrds » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:29 am

Well the sores are getting much smaller and are no longer sore.
Calves are going to be weaned the end of the month and going to dry her up in Febuary.
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