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maryjane Posted - Apr 29 2014 : 4:36:05 PM
To readers of my Milk Cow Kitchen book, please make note:

Page 215: “When you do a California Mastitis test on your cows and you see the milk starting to coagulate in any of the cups [test explained in my book in further detail, along with photos], then mastitis is starting to form in that corresponding quarter of the udder. (Not only does your cow have four teats, her udder is divided into four distinct quarters.) I do this test every time before I milk. Because I take such good care of my girls and feed them only organic feed and make sure they have clean bedding and daily exercise, I’ve never yet had a case of clinical mastitis that required antibiotics. I have had slight coagulation a few times. When that happens, I give my girls vitamin C powder in their alfalfa treat (Wholistic Ester-C from under Health Care Supplements) and within a couple of days, the slight coagulation disappears.”

“This is why I check every day, so I can ward off any infections. If you have a cow that won’t eat her alfalfa treat with vitamin C powder added, mix a bit of molasses in also and she should gobble it up. If that doesn’t work, put the vitamin C powder and molasses mix into a 50 ml drench syringe ( and empty the syringe onto the back of her tongue through the side of her mouth.”

Update: When I wrote the above text for my book, new regulations regarding multi-species labeling hadn’t kicked in yet, so the vitamin C that I recommended was for dogs, cats, and horses and the ingredients said ascorbic acid. Presently, Ester-C from lists it as calcium ascorbate (same thing as ascorbic acid, but now in compliance with new labeling laws) and says it is for dogs only. It’s still vitamin C, and I still give it to my cows and bulls when their immune systems need an extra boost. I’ve cured the occasional cough, sniffles, diarrhea, and the start of mastitis EVERY time with Ester-C. I’m certainly not saying it can replace responsible veterinary care, but it can prevent the need for a visit from the doctor. It’s true that cattle are equipped to produce vitamin C on a daily basis in their intestines; however, that doesn’t mean that when they need an extra dose, their daily store is enough. I’ve found an extra boost on occasion works wonders (roughly 4,000 to 5,000 mg twice/day). I use about one level teaspoon of Ester-C for a full-size cow or bull, given for a couple of days until they’re in the clear again.
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maryjane Posted - Aug 16 2023 : 08:46:35 AM
You are most welcome!!!
Buttercups favorite Posted - Aug 16 2023 : 08:23:04 AM
Hi from Kentucky.
Thank you for the update! I was wondering why I couldn't find the ester-c when I searched for vitamin c on the website.
maryjane Posted - Jul 23 2014 : 08:56:44 AM
Your comment means more to me than you can imagine. I poured my heart and soul into my book all the while keeping someone just like you in mind. Thanks for making my day. So very pleased I can be of service.
NellieBelle Posted - Jul 23 2014 : 06:55:49 AM
I don't know if this is the appropriate place to reply, but I want you to know what a magnificent help and aid your book, "Milk Cow Kitchen" has been to me. It's pack full of valuable information and help for anyone wanting to milk, health of animal, processing, etc. I personally want to thank you for such a wonderful book. An invaluable guide and "cow bible" for me. First place I go to for answers. And of course this site. Thank you!