Hard udder.....no milk

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BlondeD

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Picked up a young..ish cow last fall.......bred.....nice udder with 4 well placed teats.....a bit short in length but adequate. She developed well along during the winter.....calved without any assistance late yesterday......calf up and hitting the udder per normal. But I was suspicious about output so I get the cow in the chute.........Udder is very firm and not a drop of anything appears at the ducts. HELP...!!! Anything to do except get the bottles ready for the calf...????
 

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First thing give the calf clostrum, they have the powdered, clostrum at farm stores. Just make sure it has at least 50IG of Clostrum and give the calf a bag when you get home and another bag 6 hours later.
 
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I've had the clostrum on hand......ready for calving season........got one dose on board and calf is active. Unable to milk her out by hand.......and I do have a grip. Local vet is getting a couple of doses of oxytocin ready when he gets back in area.
 

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Might try massaging the udder and, worst case scenario, teat cannulas. Make darn sure everything is sanitized prior & after. Unfortunately, I've never had good luck with Today or anything the vet has tried when the udder/quarter is that hard because it's usually dead. All quarters??? Dayum!!! Especially on a younger cow. Hopefully you'll get at least a couple quarters functional and maybe only have to supplement the calf. Good call, getting replacement colostrum in the calf asap. Sending the best of luck.
 

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