Well, so much for what I wanted!... We had a couple inches of rain over the last couple days, the corrals are a total soup. Without fail, that's when things will go wrong, which brings me to an 8 year old cow with a breach birth who lost her water at about 8 am, there was no progress by 10 am, so I went in for an exploration, and found that the hind legs were both facing forward, so down the headgate she goes, and I fiddle around for a while, without luck, call the vet and a couple neighbours for ideas, I didn't like the idea of bringing the vet in, as we're nearly 2 hours one way from his office, I also didn't like the idea of bringing her to him, spending $500 on a C section, and quite possibly not having a live calf (She was 9 days early). So I decided to go in there once more and try to get it all righted, which I did get after about 20 minutes in there up to my shoulder, got the calf out, but it was already dead.. don't know why though.
Despite the outcome wasn't as good as it could be, I didn't have to spend money for it, and the cow seems OK for now, I'm going to give her some boluses tomorrow if she hasn't lost the placenta. I did milk out 3 gallons of good colostrum, which is always handy. Meanwhile one of my friends has a dairy farmer near him who sells fresh Holstein bull calves for $30, and he'll probably be bringing me one on monday morning to graft on this cow.
Anyone in canada know where I can get OhNoMo? The cow's going to know just by looking at it that it can't be hers!
So, I have gained experience (they say you get that from bad ones), and that to never believe the diagrams of how to fix a calf with a leg backward. The diagram shows the guy into the cow up to his elbow and grabbing the hoof of the calf... Either he's 8 feet tall or it's s dexter cow, I was in there well up to my shoulder and could *just* get the chains over the hooves. After it was all said and done, I had one warm arm and one that was frozen, the calving chains left marks on my cold wrist that lasted hours.
No, Mega has not calved yet (I think she's at 292ish days now), but she is close, the bag pretty filled.
As Murphy's law would have it, she will have twins an hour after I graft the Holstein calf on the wet cow!
Here's to hoping the rest of the season goes well
I'm working on a new breed of cow called "Michelin", I'd just love to say
"Because a lot is riding on your bull"