Tempting sick cow to eat

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  1. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    Any suggestions?

    The cow in question is too lively to tube safely and is drinking from a bucket and will lick a mineral block but we are struggling to get her eating. We have tried several types of silage, beef nuts, fresh grass and even horse chaff and she will take a mouthful or two but then lose interest.

    Is there anything I can give her to stimulate appetite or that is impossible for a cow to resist?
     
  2. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Location:
    Welshpool Powys
    Molasses?
     
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  3. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    That was going to be my next trial but I need to go out and buy some so thought I'd ask first ;)
     
  4. Flossie

    Flossie Member

    Location:
    Lancs
    Is she new calved? What's caused her to go off her grub?
     
  5. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    Bit of a mystery really. She went down with what we thought was pneumonia but vet says there is pleural inflammation and symptoms match fog fever but with a raised temperature.
     
  6. Flossie

    Flossie Member

    Location:
    Lancs
    I take it she's on AB's for that lot? Have you a crush you can get her in? Pump her up with a Pro-rumen in 20 litres of warm water, a bottle of glucose in the vein and (I think) a shot of steroids to try and kick start the rumen. Have you seen her cudding?
     
  7. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    Yes it has taken 3 different ABs to get on top of it :(

    Unfortunately I don't think we could get her as far as the crush, she is pretty wobbly on her legs. Not seen cudding but last dropping was tiny but normal looking. Vet was reluctant to use steroids at this stage but will ask about glucose. Thanks :)
     
  8. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Why do they always get sick when there's no sweet new grass about!
     
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  9. Nearly

    Nearly Member

    Location:
    YO7
    Ivy?

    Old wives remedy,
    suggested by my.....oh never mind.
     
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  10. How have u been jabbing her? If sbe can't get to crush? If you can grab her nose u can pump her imo
     
  11. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    Does that work for cattle? I know sheep self medicate on it but there is tons of it here so can give it a go!
     
  12. Calf coarse starter mix is what we got a cow to skowly nibble once
     
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  13. bovine

    bovine Member

    Location:
    North
    If she's not in calf she needs some steroids. Vet should check blood glucose and ketones. Get some glycol into her and possibly pro rumen.
     
  14. Nice bit of silage, blend / nuts on top. Pour a good dollop of molasses on top.
     
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  15. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    She is lying down most of the time so we have jabbed her where she is. She is, um, feisty to put it politely and now she is feeling better is throwing her head around if we try and get hold of her. Might have to just get an extra body on the job and get on with it but now she is drinking I don't want to risk making her throat sore so would rather persuade her to eat by herself
     
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  16. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    She is in calf. Will ask vet about glycol and bloods tomorrow
     
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  17. Flossie

    Flossie Member

    Location:
    Lancs
    Get a halter on her and lash it to a gate or something secure in the pen :)
    You need to see her cudding. That's the sign of a happy cow imo. You can see them eating, but a tiny muck points to them just existing. You want cudding and a big round pat at the other end.
     
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  18. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    A big round pat would make me very happy! There is nothing to tie to in the shed but could take the telehandler in and lash to that I guess
     
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  19. CORNFLAKE

    CORNFLAKE Member

    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Try her with a bit of nice sweet smelling hay, it's usually irisistable.
     
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  20. Propylene glycol in a bucket of warm water. Probably pump her with some first if you can. Sounds like some pain relief might go a long way as well.

    Maize silage is the kiddie for a cow who isn't that keen on food. Most of em go nuts for the smell of it.
     
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