We bought a Jersey cow about 2 1/2 mths ago from what I would call a cattle jockey. I know now a lot that I didn't know then and probably wouldn't have bought this cow but I did at the time. ANYWAY. Bella (the cow) has bad teeth and her hooves are grown out a bit so I assume that she is older, she had milk when we got her but it was like she was being dried up and didn't have a whole lot (about a quart a milking), she looked a little skinny but not too bad, and I just feel in love with those big brown eyes and wanted to give her a better life. Well......she was easy to milk, I guess she was used to being hand milked, but we dried her up because she wasn't really producing anything. She was open when we bought her but has since been bred and is due to calve Jan 31st. Here is my problem! She is getting so skinny I can count every rib!! I can not get weight on this cow! We are feeding her two scoops of what they call Baby Beef (that is what we were told to feed her to get weight on her)every day and she has all the green grass she can eat. WHY CAN I NOT GET WEIGHT ON THIS COW?? I am really getting worried about her. After we figured out that she is older we were going to put a little weight on her breed her and take her back to the sell barn and start with something a little younger. Now I don't think anyone whould buy her. Should I get some weight on her (if I can) and just keep her till she calves and hope she makes it?? Or send her to the sell barn?? PLEASE help!! I am new to this and don't know what to do!! I know I sound completly stupid and I haven't wanted to post this because everyone would think I had no right having an animal but I really am trying hard and I want to help her. Please any ideas would be greatly appreciated!