redrick wrote:The vet said to give my cow penicillin. I have her isolated in the barn. I thought it might be easier to put the medicine in her feed rather than wrestle with her to inject it. I don't have the best set up. Could this be harmful to her?
Most of the large animal vets in cattle areas have chutes they can bring on a trailer. IF you have the cow in a barn there is probably a place the vet could back a chute up to a door and catch her right and safely for the shot(s). It is worth the slight extra cost.
I am sorry but I am not a fan of the panel squeezing her in a corner approach. These are 1500 lb animals that are much stronger than we are and most old barn gates and panel attachment points. Especially if she is sick and gets riled up you or someone else can get seriously hurt.
I tried the panel approach on an ornery cow I was trying to cull - she said she was not going where I want her to and just pushed the panel I was pushing on breaking the attachment point. the panel and cow came over on me. Fortunately not too serious but the next week I built a loading chute that would load King Kong (for you old movie fans) and finally got that cow off of my place! Working the cattle is a lot more pleasant now for both me and the cattle.