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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 04 2016 :  08:24:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, it happened. Poor Clover had a cut that was bleeding on one of her teats yesterday. Thank goodness it looked worse than what it truly was ... rather like a child's head wound? Once the blood got cleaned up and her teat washed, it was just a tiny cut, Ethan thought it might be a cut from a piece of hay. But we still milked out that quarter and discarded the milk ... no chances taken here. Applied Dr. Sarah's Arnica Salve and it looks better. Love her products!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; 1 Jersey cow; 1 Guernsey cow; 1 Guernsey steer calf; Oberhasli & Guernsey goats, ducks and chickens

NellieBelle

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Posted - Jan 04 2016 :  10:17:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ouch is right. Don't you just cringe when you see something like that. It has to hurt. Hopefully your Arnica salve will do the trick and Clover heals up quickly.

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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 04 2016 :  1:03:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It already looks improved. But the little cut was right in the middle of her teat so it was hard to milk her without feeling like we are causing her pain! She didn't complain, such a good girl she is.

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farmlife

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Posted - Jan 04 2016 :  7:28:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found with Elli's grass cut on her teat that it got worse before it got better. It helped most to hand milk as the milk machine kind of "popped" it open if you will because the teat has to expand to fill the shape of the inflations. Don't know if that helps or not, Charlene. When it is scabbed over it's a little tricky, too.
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 04 2016 :  8:01:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hand milking is exactly right, Keeley. Thank you. It was hard as the cut was right in the middle of her teat ... hard to handle the teat without touching the wound. Again, we've been using Dr. Sarah's essential teat/udder wash and that seems to help as does the Arnica Salve. But good to know that it might get worse before it gets better.

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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 08 2016 :  7:18:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Clover's teat is healing but she won't let down that quarter with the milking machine. She will let down with hand milking only. That is fine now while it heals completely but I certainly hope this changes back!

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farmlife

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Posted - Jan 09 2016 :  6:38:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
She'll probably adjust as it gets less sore. Has it scabbed over, Charlene? I was surprised at how long it took for Elli's scab to fall off. I kept watching to make sure I didn't end up with it in the milk. :)
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 09 2016 :  7:45:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is still scabbed but she let her milk down with the machine today! Hurray! We are keeping close tabs on it for sure!

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