This continued wet, cool, muddy spring is a bit hard on the calving season. A few, thankfully very few, calves are showing a bit of milk scouring since the forages are too high in protein this year. Most are fine. However, I did have to bring a calf in tonight. He is small and with his mum milking good and the protein levels higher than normal in the forages, he has been weakened by milk scours, so he’s been lying about too much and now has maggots in his navel around the penis. He’s pretty droopy, but i still had to throw a rope on him, then heft his squirmy self into the back of the Gator. Tied him up and headed home. He rode quietly (probably terrified!), but perked up when i dragged him out back onto the ground. I gave him an antibiotic and sprayed his navel area really well with screw worm spray – that started the maggots to wrigglying out. However, I don’t know how deep inside they are, so i’ll have to keep washing it out and spraying the area. Hopefully, i’m not too late to save him.
Although, I shifted the cows/calves to a new paddock, i had to leave the old one open because the baby calves were not keen on crossing the muddy ditch. As they get hungry and their mums go back for them, they’ll eventually come across, but I will need to check for stragglers in a day or two.
My temporary paddock divisions using polywire are no longer needed, so I reeled up the one that was in the cows’ fresh paddock tonight.