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Old 09/27/11, 06:40 PM
 
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udder edema in first calf heifer

Boss had her calf! Pretty little full stripe heifer~ Woo Hoo! No Pics yet I'll try to get some soon. I also already have set up to pick up two bull calves tomorrow night to share the milk~ but I have a question first

I found the calf this morning. I suspect she was born yesterday, Boss had a goopy tail yesterday but I couldn't find a calf in the tall grass. This morning I followed her around for a good hour before she led me to where she had the calf hidden. The calf is strong and running and jumping already which is why I think she was born yesterday....or maybe even the day before (I was out of town until yesterday afternoon). So I set up to pick up the bull calves~ but Boss's udder looked REALLY painfully over full! So I hooked her up to the milker to get some of the pressure off her~ she was really very good about it. Much better than I expected, and she stood there, and stood there, and stood there.....the bag didn't get any smaller. So I finally gave up. Only pulled 1/2 gallon off her and he bag looks ENGORGED. Her belly button also looking larger than normal and...floppy. So I came in and did some research~ I'm pretty sure we have "udder edema in first calf heifer".

So~ now a few questions
1. Should I bottle some of the 1/2 gallon colostrum I milked off back to the calf? Boss is a Jersey/holstien cross and I think she will make more in reasonably short order judging by how my other cross cow did, but I really don't want to hurt the calf.

2. Should I go to the vet and request the medications "Diuretics" or should I just leave it and wait for it to go down on it's own?

3. If I pick up the bull calves tomorrow as planned can I start putting them right on her as planned or should I plan to bottle them until the udder edema goes down?

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Old 09/27/11, 07:36 PM
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udder edema is normal....it will go down....a 2 day calf does not need colostrum to late needs it in first hours after birth after 24 hours it is to late

Diuretics...I use Banamine....it helps alot...but it will go down in a few days

pick up the bull calves ..NOW your counting your eggs before they hatch...you are guessing she can support 3 calfs...she might only be able to support one..with out a picture no way for us to tell..also she might not TAKE TO SHARE with other calves.....how much feed are you planing on giving her...the udder edema will go down more everytime you milk..milk 3 or 4 times a day and it will go away fast....put the calfs on and it will go away fast but youwill only see calfs sucking not if they are getting anything

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Old 09/27/11, 08:39 PM
 
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I'm guessing she can support two bull calves with her heifer calf because my other girl exact same age, exact same breeding, raised exactly the same way is doing it. She has had the bull calves since Aug 19th and all three calves seem to be growing well. But I am watching carefully and I am prepared to bottle a calf or two if I have to, I have two goats in milk right now that can support one calf if needed and I am prepared to buy milk replacer if I have too. Really hoping to put to on Boss just like I have on Bess though. I'll try to get pics up soon.

I have some banamine, but I thought it was just for pain. She is not acting particularly painful. Actually she is usually my most obstinate girl and I expected quite a lot of trouble out of her~ she gave me the trouble I expected catching her up but once I had her up she went right into the milk stand and allowed me to put the milker on her and turn it on without kicking at all. That was today~ I'm hoping she will be just as good tomorrow.

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Wow Cheryl, you got ther beginner's luck for heifers this year.

I think you should get those calves and let THEM do the work of milking her out several times per day.

The edema will go down, sometimes it takes close to a week.
You could rub her udder with a strong minty lotion, that really does help.
I am always amazed to see how much they enjoy a good massage after milking.

Glad she stood for the milking, that is a great sign.

Hurry up and take some pics.

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I took the pics but getting them online is another issue! Just wait till you see this new calf~ she has the full band like the first calf~ but she also has both rear legs banded at the ankle~ looks like she is wearing bobby socks!

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I figured you would get some custom chrome on this one too.

If you have some peppermint essential oil, or even peppermint extract you can mix it in with lotion, or just grease of some kind and rub it all over her puffy areas after milking.
I have even used vaseline, in a pinch to get it on there.
The old-timers recommend Vick's vapo-rub (not kidding).

They make a fancy dairy cream for it, and it will clear your sinuses right out.
The calves dont seem to mind it.

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Old 09/27/11, 08:51 PM
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Boss had her calf! Pretty little full stripe heifer.......why I said about BOSS supporting 3 calfs I did not see any were in your post what bred she was....she could have been a angus according to what i saw in your post

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OH! OOPS! Sorry! I get excited and forget y'all can't see what I'm thinking! Boss is a jersey/holstien cross~ I bottle raised her and her "Sister" (I'm sure they are not sisters but I raised them at the same time) with help from y'all. You've answered a lot of questions about Boss over the two years and I forget that not everyone looks at her out in the pasture everyday and remembers thats "Boss"~ sorry about that! This is her a few months back~ long before she bagged up~ that bag on her is HUGE right now


And just because I never get tired of bragging about her sweet sister Bessie~ this is her the day I introduced her to the two bull calves I wanted her to take~ she let them nurse first thing and has been taking great care of them and her own calf now since Aug 19th!


Bessies udder did not swell up like Boss's udder is though

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myersfarm, I figured you were just not remembering the whole story.

Cheryl,
It makes me so happy to read of your success with these girls. I feel like I an auntie, who has worried and watched them grow up.
You have had a stupendous learning curve as a cattle woman and I am very happy to 'know' you.
Bessie and Bossie are part of my HT farm family.

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I love showing pictures of them here~ I can't tell you all how much I appreciate the help with them all along. They were so sick when I got them~ and I'm just so darned proud of them now!

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thanks for the pictures.....she sure looks smooth..it is hard for a heifer to suport 3 calfs at the same time with out losing weight..they need lots of feed.....but a heifer milked and the milk poured to 3 calfs is easy

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I see edema a lot at the dairy where I work. We don't do anything special for them and it seems to go down in about a week or less.

Congrats on your girl!

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