Beef cow with an udder problem

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Beef cow with an udder problem

Postby Farmgirl » Thu May 23, 2013 9:01 pm

Hubby just checked cows tonight. One cow has a cut on a teat. Quarter is enlarged, don't know that it is mastitis. Cow has a month old calf. Suspect quarter is enlarged because she won't let the calf suck it. Calf is doing fine. No shortage of milk from this ole girl.

Should we get her in the chute and milk it out? Give antibiotics? Do nothing?

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Re: Beef cow with an udder problem

Postby Aaron » Fri May 24, 2013 12:18 am

Depends how big and deep the cut is. If she won't let the calf suck it, you are best off putting a coating of bag balm over the cut and wrapping it in what is called 'teat bandage' (its a thin, foam type material that sticks to itself like it was glued). And then load her up with antibiotics. You'd have to milk the affected quarter out each day is you wanted to save it.
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Re: Beef cow with an udder problem

Postby Farmgirl » Fri May 24, 2013 7:25 am

Thanks Aaron,

What about using a miking tube to get the milk out of that quarter? I see some are advertised as self-retaining. Could we just leave it in the teat and turn her out?

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Re: Beef cow with an udder problem

Postby dun » Fri May 24, 2013 7:29 am

Teat cannulars can work pretty well. We used to use the one with valve on the end, but we were hand milking then.
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Re: Beef cow with an udder problem

Postby Farmgirl » Fri May 24, 2013 7:39 am

Dun,

Could we leave it in and turn her out?

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Re: Beef cow with an udder problem

Postby dun » Fri May 24, 2013 7:43 am

Farmgirl wrote:Dun,

Could we leave it in and turn her out?

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We closed the valve and turned her out but she cam in for milking morning and night. I would be leery of leaving an open one in and turning out because of the possibility of contamination of the udder.
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Re: Beef cow with an udder problem

Postby Farmgirl » Fri May 24, 2013 7:48 am

Thanks.
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Re: Beef cow with an udder problem

Postby bigbull338 » Fri May 24, 2013 9:07 am

personally id never leave a drain needle in a cows teat ever.the best thing todo is leave her in the corral an drain it twice a day.an you better watch her for mastitis.as they generally get it with cut teats.
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