Friday, December 28, 2012

Late Night Visitor

We had a late night visitor last night, just as we finished milking. One of our cows that had just had her calf earlier that day, was having signs of milk fever. She was having tremors in her muscles which eventually led to her laying down, and not able to get up. We never take the "wait and see" approach when it comes to our animals. The veterinarian was called, and within a short time Vet Dave was at our farm. 

Milk fever is caused by low blood calcium levels after a cow has calved. Milk and colostrum production drains the blood of calcium, and some cows are unable to replace the calcium quickly enough. Vet Dave injected a calcium solution into the cow to replenish the calcium she needs. She will not be milked for the next 24 hours, and then gradually increase her milking for the next 2-3 days.

We work closely with our veterinarians to keep our cows healthy and comfortable. Our commitment to providing high-quality milk begins with taking good care of our cows.

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