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Post by Skyy » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:26 am

We recently had a new calf (calf's mother has plenty of milk and is a great mama).
But a couple of times I saw the calf nursing on a heifer, she seemed to enjoy it too!
The heifer in question was never exposed to a bull, pregnancy check was negative (BioPryn), however - she is growing udder and also lactating!
How it's even possible?



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Re: Looking for explanation

Post by greybeard » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:02 am

idiopathic galactorrhea and it's caused by ahormonal change or imbalance.
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Re: Looking for explanation

Post by Skyy » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:53 am

Thank you! Does it mean the calf stimulated heifer's lactation by nursing?
Or is it completely unrelated to the calf?

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Re: Looking for explanation

Post by Son of Butch » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:00 am

I have to believe it is calf related/triggered.

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Re: Looking for explanation

Post by T & B farms » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:56 am

I have saw a very short bred cow come into milk because of being nursed.
Had a mixed group of some junk cows at the house, this cow would stand and let anything suck her. She cane into milk just like if she was raising a calf.

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Re: Looking for explanation

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:45 am

You really shouldn't let the calf suck her. Can you separate them?
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Re: Looking for explanation

Post by Skyy » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:46 am

The only way to separate is to place mama and calf on a different pasture, but that will expose the baby to predators (unfortunately we have a lot of loose dogs, plus coyotes)...

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