Here's a beginner's question.
First calf of the year was born last night. Found the cow, she was due in just under four weeks from now, is partly cleaned, got her out of the dry herd and left her grazing across the fence from the milkers. She doesn't have any milk yet but the plan is to get some penicillin into her (using heaps more of the stuff now that I'm organic farming!) in the morning, start milking her to the test bucket and hope her lactation kicks in.
Usually works. The difference with this cow is that the calf must have started rotting inside her; and it was very, very light, more like a six - seven month fetus (it was the right date - the bulls that were on farm were a different breed). I've no real idea how long the calf might have been dead before birth.
Do you think she'll come into milk?
She's been a good cow will be eight on her birthday in six weeks time. I don't think I've seen a rotten calf delivered since about the year 2000.
As an aside I spoke to a rather pessimistic vet the other day about a cow I'd just dried off who wasn't eating and looked sick, and since she wasn't all that steady on her feet I wasn't prepared to walk her to the shed to be examined. His verdict: "could be one of a dozen things but she's going to die if you wait for her to go down so we can treat her and she's going to die if we don't treat her."
Well, thank goodness she started eating again all on her own!
being a good operator simply increases the chances that the owner of your lease block will call it a good farm and sell it for way more than it's worth.