Sunday, March 14, 2010


16K hasn't been acting quite right since she calved. She is laying around a lot, not eating much, and doesn't seem to have much milk. I'm afraid she might have Hardware Disease. This is where a small piece of metal that the cow has accidentally eaten in the past and is still in the rumen , gets forced forward due to the pressure of calving. The severity depends on what organ may have been penetrated.
We have put her in a lot so we can feed her separately and watch her closely. I gave her a magnet today hoping that if it is hardware, the magnet will either pull it back or keep it from migrating more. I guess we will have to wait and see.

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