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Heifer Trouble

I’m back!  Yes, I have to admit I’ve been slacking, because I’ve been too lazy to sit down and write.  I’m three blog posts behind.  So, there are two more coming up!

Freeze Branding

Thursday Skiing 

If you were wondering when there would be another blog post on ranch going on’s, wonder no longer because we finally have one!  Today, I’m going to tell you about a heifer adventure dad and I had last week.  (Heifer- a two year old cow who is having her first calf).  About a month ago, dad bought eleven heifers who are supposed to calve between the end of January and beginning of February.  Last week, dad noticed that one of his heifers was feeling kind of down.  He called the vet and asked what she thought the problem might be.  The vet gave a few different ideas: check the cow to make sure that she didn’t have a dead calf,  make sure she doesn’t have an infection,  or she might have some heart problems just from the stress of pregnancy.

With these ideas in mind, dad and I brought the heifer in and I checked her temperature.  A cow is supposed to have a a temperature of about 101 degrees.  She had a temperature of about 103.  So yes, she did have a little bit of a fever.  Next dad checked her to make sure that she has a healthy calf.  Luckily, the calf was well.  But, he still had to figure out what was going on with the cow.  Dad called the vet once again. After telling the vet the heifer’s symptoms, she said there was a good chance that it was an infection.

We headed to the vet and got some medicine called Excenel that would help kill any infection.  We also got an I.V to give.  The I.V had calcium, potassium, and phosphorus in it to help give the heifer any nutrition she would need and also prevent any chance of her getting Milk Fever.  After we were done, we put her in a pen and gave her some hay.

The next day, when we checked her temperature again, she was down to 101 degrees.  She was healing up.

Thank the Lord the heifer seems to be doing well right now and will hopefully have a nice healthy calf.  I hope everybody is having a good start to their New Year, and God Bless!







Hi! I am a ranch girl who lives in southwestern MT. This blog tells about all of our adventures and stories on the ranch!

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