3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby LizHartley1991 » Mon May 28, 2018 11:03 pm

Mira’s eyesight is pretty much half bar. She’s not blind but she does have very poor vision to the point she even ran into my dad on the tractor. So we’ve opted to keep her up in the lot until she’s ready to be sold since she’d probably break her leg if we let her in the fields. Or she could be completely fine. We’re being cautious.

Otherwise she’s good. She eats fully grass now and she drinks water. She turned six months on the 27th so she’s a big girl now. She’s getting a bath from me soon because she’s very dirty lol.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue May 29, 2018 4:53 am

Glad to hear your little miracle baby survived and is flourishing. You did a really good job.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby Txpiney » Tue May 29, 2018 11:18 am

You have done a fantastic job, not JUST keeping her alive, but getting her as healthy as possible. Won't be long before you are one of the experienced members on these boards giving valuable information to other beginners. Again , great job Liz.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby LizHartley1991 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:53 am

Been awhile so I felt like updating you all. Again, I treat this as a log for myself that’ll hopefully help others.

So I started a new job working the night shift and I had to leave Mira’s care to the farm hand until I got adjusted and didn’t wanna pass out every hour.... Yeah well my farm hand is good as a farm hand but his detail on taking care of the cows is about skimming the “passing grade” percentage.

I had been able to save Mira from the swarming of flies. I spoiled her and would brush her down after hooking her up with her halter. But now her poor fuzzy coat is all matted and she’s got so many flies and even after combing her down this morning, they’re still terrible on her... If anyone has any suggestions to help her not be so swarmed up or if anyone knows away to help out (I know they make ear tags for that but wondering if there’s something else I can use?) that would be fantastic and appreciated.

Also her water bucket was drained somehow and she was thirsty as a man in the desert for water. I sent my farm hand a lengthy chew out about that too don’t worry. Jesus.

Since it’s been two weeks, I got attacked with love (and ouchies) from Mira this morning. No matter how I discipline her, Mira still tries to knock me over like I’m a cow like her. She’s six months! That’s way too big a cow to have at you lol. But I wasn’t too mad this time since it’s been two weeks.

Her eyesight- from current observation- is still about the same. Not the best but she’s not blind. She’s showing a clean bill of health as far as I’ve checked off so woohoo on that.

Again if you all have fly control suggestions that’d be awesome!
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby True Grit Farms » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:00 am

Ultra Boss or Ultra Sabre.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby M.Magis » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:02 am

I use Ultra Boss. Works fast and lasts a couple week here.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:52 pm

Thanks for the update.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby Nesikep » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:34 pm

Absorbine UltraShield works pretty good too.. I find it more readily available than UltraBoss around my parts.

I find I can dilute it with water significantly and it's still very effective.. I suggest having a small sponge and wetting the sponge, then rubbing her down with it.. they HATE spritzy sprays!
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby LizHartley1991 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:31 am

Nesikep wrote:Absorbine UltraShield works pretty good too.. I find it more readily available than UltraBoss around my parts.

I find I can dilute it with water significantly and it's still very effective.. I suggest having a small sponge and wetting the sponge, then rubbing her down with it.. they HATE spritzy sprays!

This was the most readily available product around my parts so Absorbine UltraShield it was. I didn’t do the sponge thing though and I think I’ll do that. She wasn’t happy with me on spraying her like you said! But I had to try. Live and learn lol.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby Nesikep » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:09 pm

I have a few that are used to it.. my bull comes up to me and begs for it.. Smart cows have less flies here!
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby LizHartley1991 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:35 am

Need to call upon you kind folks for a question again!

So Mira has been deamed okay by a vet and an experienced farmer, to be let into the cow lot. Unfortunately before either left, I forgot to ask a question I had and they’re hard to get ahold of... So! Help?

I want to get Mira’s Ear tagged what do I do? I know I’ll need a tag gun and a tag obviously. But like do I need to register a tag number somewhere or... Idk much about tagging. I just know I want my cow tagged for myself and for others to understand that this is my moo project I raised dangit lol.

So any info on tagging helps!
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby M-5 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:50 am

For Just a simple number tag you don"t have to do anything . Some states require a premise tag which is usually a metal tag. These are only used to track the animal down the food chain. if yall tag the other cows in your operation then just use one of the tags yall have .
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby elkwc » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:17 am

If you want your name on it I would get one of the blank tags and a marker pen made to write on them. You can put your name, phone number. ect on it.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:49 pm

No need to register with anyone. You can put any color tag with any number - even your name, tel. #, (like elkwc said). You probably can borrow a tagger & buy a tag from a neighbor. They will probably let you use their tag pen to write on it.
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Re: 3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat

Postby farmerjan » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:46 pm

Glad to hear that Mira has gotten a good "bill of health" from the vet. Can the experienced farmer help you tag her before she gets turned out? It's not rocket science, but you will need a tag and "tagger" that puts it in her ear. She won't like it but will get over it in a very short time. Just a pinch real quick, but it will feel funny to her for a little while. Like an earing you aren't used to wearing. You will have to make sure she cannot toss her head around when it gets put in. It's quick, but they will try to throw their head a bit when they feel the pinch.
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