We lost another heifer calf. :waa: It finally looked like maybe we would have a heifer year again... We had seven bull calves born from when Freedom's Song was born on 9/2/04 until Marmalade was born 1/17/05. Beautiful heifer calf out of Lady and Impuls (236J3). Lady's first Jersey heifer calf and we figured we would lose her this year because of high counts. Okay, so the calf's front legs didn't look so hot and she couldn't stand up but surely she just needed some time. We lost her six days after she was born. She was formed improperly so we just assumed that was her problem. We then had a bull calf born that was too weak to even stand up and he lived less than 24 hours. However, two hours after he was born Madelin was born 2 days overdue. She was Marmalade's half sister (split straw). She is alive and healthy and fine. We had another bull calf born five days later and he is fine and dandy..no problems. Then Sidsel calved with a bull calf that came out bellering and he is doing great. So far, so good. Duchess calved 8 days early (she was due today). This calf was out within five minutes of her front hooves showing. Dad was milking and he was dashing around trying to get the calf to stay where Duchess could clean her off. This spunky heifer was up and moving within minutes. Crawled up the manger away from momma and in front of other cows. Healthy, got her colostrum after milking and was doing beautifully. She was put int eh middle of the abrnw here it was warm and where I tripped over her everytime I fed goats...or rather she butted around looking for milk. She was drinking fine...until two days ago. She was loose so we treated her with Sav-A-Calf. White scours, not something we see very often..and it is extremely rare for us to lose calves. Our mortality rate in calves used to be next to nothing and generally if we lost a calf it was because they were weak and not because we didn't try. Her scours were stiffening up, but she was dead by morning. She wasn't quite a week old yet. This was a full sister to Adia who was born 2/2/04 from the same dam and sire so it shouldn't have been time of year or breeding. Adia is fine....Queenie is dead. Dad thinks taht whatever she was fighting was beat but that as it died it caused her to go toxic and die. Anybody dealt with anything like this? We dealt with something similar but it was mastitis. That was over four years ago. You had to treat the animal within 12 hours or she was dead in 24. We lost eight cows to that, and some never fully recovered even with the antibiotic treatment. Dad did figure out how to treat it and we lost a lot of quarters but managed to save the cows. Now I am scared about Guri and Anya calving in the next couple of weeks. We don't know why a perfectly healthy calf was dead in 24 hours with no real warning. Rest in Peace, Queenie. Taken the afternoon after she was born.