The Journey of Finding the Perfect Dairy Calf

BarredBuff

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Im sure there is a reason, it just stings. :/ Contacted the dairy, will be buying another calf soon as cow has one. Dad thinks it had a gas build up or something like that......who knows. I hope this one will work out better. :/
 

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Was the calf bloated???

If it was then it probably was clostridium. We have problems with that at the dairy i work at. The strongest, healthiest calves get it. In a matter of hours they can be deader than a door nail... and will have been perfectly fine before that. If she was bloated and her eyes were sunken in, it was probably clostridium. If that is the case, the next calf you can give a vaccine to to "help" protect her. But its not 100% effective. If you ever find one bloated like that just squirt 10 cc's of pennicillin down their throat and it takes the bloat off really quick. Unless the clostridium is too far advanced, and in that case she will be dead either way. It ruptures their insides...

Im soooo sorry!!!! hope you have better luck with the next one. Was she scouring???
 

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Bloated bad. No scours. But we'll move on, and get another one!
 

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BarredBuff said:
Bloated bad. No scours. But we'll move on, and get another one!
It was clostridium- ill almost guarantee it.
 

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I will keep that in mind for sure! I'm actually going to try and get a 3 or 4 week old the next time, so we will see.
 

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Sounds like a good plan Buff, those first 3 weeks are the hardest so i think letting her get a good start before the stress of bringing her home woudl be a great idea.
 
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