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farmer Liz

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Posted - Aug 04 2014 :  02:37:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our lovely cow Bella had a mild case of mastitis very soon after we first brought her home, which we managed to treat with natural methods (milking regularly and feeding lots of dolomite and garlic). And then again on her third calf with us, but this time she needed antibiotics, and then AGAIN when we dried her up, with antibiotics again because she was so sick. (Makes you wonder why the dairy farm was so keen to sell her...) I know that a dairy farmer would say that she is a cull cow, but once you're attached to a cow its not so easy to get rid of her, so we really want to try to heal her. Has anyone had any experience/success with natural methods for curing or managing recurring mastitis?

http://eight-acres.blogspot.com.au/

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maryjane

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Posted - Aug 04 2014 :  09:52:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How about this for starters, Farmer Liz? https://www.heritagejersey.org/chatroom/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=111
When I have a free minute, I'll explain a tad further.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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farmer Liz

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Posted - Aug 04 2014 :  2:15:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks MaryJane, I've read a lot about the benefits of Vit C, but didn't realise it could help for mastitis as well. This is worth a try....

http://eight-acres.blogspot.com.au/

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CloversMum

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Posted - Aug 06 2014 :  4:48:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Let us know how it works, Farmer Liz. And how Bella is doing...

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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farmer Liz

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Posted - Aug 12 2014 :  7:17:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bella is currently dry and although we thought she was in calf, it turns out she is not, but she is now looking in fabulous condition (and we are making sure also that she doesn't get TOO fat), so we are hoping that a break will allow her to get back into good health again. Not the best cow management example, but we are learning!

http://eight-acres.blogspot.com.au/

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CloversMum

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Posted - Aug 14 2014 :  1:51:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How soon are you planning on breeding Bella?

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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farmer Liz

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Posted - Oct 15 2014 :  12:50:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bella is with the bull now, but its hard to tell her intentions, she seems to be happy getting fat (hoping she doesn't have an underlying fertility problem, because we are rather attached to her now!).

http://eight-acres.blogspot.com.au/

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