Thursday, 21 April 2016
Taking the downs with the ups (It's not all violins and sunsets)
Gordon developed a slight runny gut last week so, ever on the lookout, I watered down his milk ration with half milk half water to make up the two litres that they drink twice a day. Into that I added garlic water, yogurt and dolomite powder. Within two days his poos were back to normal.
I've been watching the little boys closely, hoping I'll see one or both of them suckling from Daisy when they are all out in the paddock together. I can see that Gordon has become tired of being shoved away whilst trying to suckle from either of the two cows. His confidence has been eroded completely and he still associates me as the safest form of mother. He has a quiet and placid nature, not willing to continue trying to sneak his way in to Daisy's udder for fear of being pushed away again.
However, Ambrose has a more forceful and determined nature, so I'm quietly confident that he will eventually learn to suckle from Daisy unaided.
One quarter was feeling hot and was engorged. I milked her three times a day, and then one evening I noticed lumps in the straining cloth while bottling off her milk.
So that night I milked her every three hours through the night, massaging her udder at the same time to loosen up the lumps and get the flow going.
We gave her a needle of 15mls of Vitamin C into her rump, for two evenings. This is our natural anti-biotic that we use instead of anti-biotics. and it has worked for us both times we have had the misfortune to have mastitis in the twelve years of owning cows.
All of this information has come to us via Pat Coleby's wonderful book, "Natural Cattle Care" that I mentioned in a recent post.
There has been lack of sleep here and plenty of worrying hours, so now that the danger has passed I'm even more grateful for healthy animals.
The need to move onto the next tasks at hand is ever present, lots has been happening, but where to find the few minutes to write about it? It will be my constant conundrum for a little while to come, so apologies for the brevity.
Thanks for dropping by to the blog and I hope you are finding some time to breathe. Take a breath for me will you?