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Blood in one hind quater

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:17 pm
by tampeirce
This a topic I also put up in the American Family House Cow site , Australian answers are more local so may be more relevant . Thanks for any help


I started a new cow today , a small Jersey Dexter cross. I put her on the milking machine I also milk my Guernsey with . Milk started flowing and then I noticed blood in the rear quarter , after a minute I took that cup of. There were no clots in the milk .
, blood or white , I have an inline filter , I also pre milked to check. She has never been on a machine before . She has tiny thin teats. I took her away from her calf last night for good.
She was bred far too young I found out after I bought her , by that I mean under one .
Would love to hear good advice/ experience how to proceed. Thanks Tam.

Re: Blood in one hind quater

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:27 pm
by minnie
Hi Tam,

Our old neighbour had a cow that had blood coming from her udder, lots of blood actually... the dairy farmer said to milk to milk it out and keep the calf on, it's sometimes just a ruptured vessel and often to do with lots of good food before calfing... in saying that ring your vet or a local dairy and see what they say. I'd keep the calf on though.

Vicki

Re: Blood in one hind quater

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:09 pm
by tampeirce
Thanks for that Vicki , sadly the calf is 15 Ks away and I could not catch him if I wanted to . I will see how she is tomorrow . Tam

Re: Blood in one hind quater

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:06 am
by tampeirce
I am glad to say no Blood in the Milk today, I did as you recommended and Miked her right out. Cheers Tam

Re: Blood in one hind quater

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:10 pm
by minnie
Great Tam,

It's quite a shock when you see blood coming out of a teat instead of milk, I know when I saw the neighbours cow it was full on blood from all teats. She had the biggest bag, but it came back to normal and the calf has turned into a big fat heifer (my Mum bought her :lol: ).

Pity the calf went now. :(
:D
Vicki

Re: Blood in one hind quater

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:03 pm
by dggoatlover
Quite often a dairy animal will have pink milk during their first lactation. Removing the calf may cause the udder to fill and stretch which can sometimes cause the small blood capilleries to break - nothing to worry about. Using a milking machine machine of a first lactation animals can sometimes cause small breaks as well from the extra pressure applied. :D

Re: Blood in one hind quater

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:20 pm
by minnie
Thanks Desley,

I'll remember this with the machine so will not do our heifers with their first calf, but start with the cows.

Good advice.
:D
Vicki