Taking Charge of Your Health

hi I’m Mike Calving can be a time where
it’s easy to get focused on just the calf and sometimes it’s easy to forget
that mom is a top priority as well today we’re gonna take drastic measures to
ensure that both a calf and her mom survive on our why on the life welcome back and thanks for joining us
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the ordinary another portion of our family that is growing is right here
in the pasture calves are being born at the average of about five to seven per
day in fact yesterday I had 12 with a very nice surprise that we’ll get to
meet a little bit later calving is when you take it down to the basics and II
complexify it and I know that’s not a real word but I kind of like it is
simple a calf is born he or she gets up on its feet takes its first steps those
steps lead to mom’s utter and the first drinks of life-sustaining milk if all of
those steps happen in that order then chances are much higher that a calf will
not have any issues with life it’ll continue on the ranch until it’s time
for them to leave to head to auction then to a feedlot and eventually your
plate it’s when one of those steps are interrupted for some reason that
problems start to happen first a calf has to be born but they can
get stuck they can get turned wrong or even backwards luckily most of the time
Burris happened without a hitch Angus cattle are generally good birthers
only two to maybe three percent of births have trouble with this stage
sometimes even less after the birth stage we’re left with a calf on the
ground mom will usually start cleaning off the
calf right away and within minutes the calf will start to try to stand this is
where I like to interject myself into the equation calves at this stage are
much easier to tag and identify we get a look at them make sure they have the
right number of legs and a tail and make sure that all the other parts are
present and what it’s supposed to be on the inside is on the inside what’s on
the outside is on the outside cold or wet weather is the biggest damper to
this stage as mom’s could sometimes have trouble cleaning off or drying their
calf and warming them up enough to actually get them to stand up these
calves will continue to lay on the ground getting colder and colder and
eventually becoming hypothermic or what we call freezing down those calves in
that situation get a trip to the shop or the barn to warm up either in a warmer
or sometimes in a bath depending on how cold they are but in a normal birth the
calf will stand and it’ll start to walk and instincts will lead it directly as
if by magic to Mom’s bag and her udders as a cow midwife which is almost the
most accurate description of my job the cows bag are usually the biggest
indication of an impending birth a week or maybe a few days before a cow gives
birth her bag I’ll start to fill in it’ll appear more solid the udders
themselves will expand and hang lower ready for that new calf to take its
first drink a special milk that mom’s produced the beginning of lactation was
called colostrum bovine colostrum is produced the first few days after giving
birth before true milk appears it contains proteins carbohydrates fats
vitamins and minerals along with specific proteins called antibodies that
fight disease-causing agents such as bacteria and viruses needless to say
it’s almost imperative that a calf gets this first milk it’s a vaccine for the
calves given by mom passing along her antibiotics at her immunities and that
can make the difference between life and death for that calf after the first few
days a colostrum true milk arrives and a calf is on its way to a long and healthy
summer on the ranch along with the other steps of Catholic
having process there are things that can go wrong here as well although they are
rare but they can be deadly a mom with an infection of her own can
pass that infection onto her calf that calf will have no way to fight that
infection and will most likely die without our intervention this week we’ve
been dealing with a situation that luckily we were able to learn about
before the cow even had her calf a condition that precludes her from even
being a mom this year and possibly for the rest of her life
number 78 is a 10 year old Black Angus Hereford mix she’s one of those cows
that’s always been in the background but has never been a main player today
through fate she’s thrust forward in the herd and
becomes almost our sole priority she’ll be having her calf soon and soon after
we’ll have a bottle cap number 78 as what can only be described as a raging
multi quadrant case of mastitis mastitis most commonly occurs in dairy cows but
of course it can affect all cattle it develops when bacteria enter the teat
canal causing swelling and of course discomfort for the count as she gets
closer to calving it became apparent that something wasn’t right and the
choice was made to let her have her calf before beginning treatment when she did
calves we tagged her calf but then brought it into the barn
her calf would never be able to nurse from her and if she did she would run
the risk of contracting the infection as well the calf is dried off and given a
colostrum supplement the closest that we can get to the real thing and a
vaccination to help give her the antibodies that she’ll be missing from
them all and once she’s situated then it’s time to bring mom in and start her
treatment with the massive amount of swelling
induced by recently having the calf her udders are actually rubbing together and
causing obvious irritation for her even bleeding her treatment course will
include a steroid anti-inflammatory to hopefully start to reduce swelling and
an antibiotic to fight infection antibiotics are something that are
closely monitored on the ranch not every sick cow or calf is going to get
antibiotics and it depends on what is ailing them antibiotics only treat
bacterial infections mastitis is an infection caused by bacteria so is pink
eye or even infected wounds penicillin or exceed is often used in these cases
antibiotics are not going to help with parasitic or viral infections so it’s
important for us to know what is causing the infection and then we can treat it
correctly and safely for the animal without over or useless medicating
she’s gonna receive her medications via injection and once we have her in the
barn we can move her into a head gate and we can give her insurance ins there
we try to give injections in what we call the injection triangle of the neck
we can only give ten cc’s of medication in each injection site so she’ll get
multiple injections as these medications are based on her weight and they are
over 30 CC’s each or one full ounce a cow in the head shoot is noticeably
nervous and over the next few days she’s gonna get daily shots so we want her to
be as comfortable as possible after she has her shots it’s in to the corral
where she will wait out the results of her treatment
only a few feet from her calf out in the pasture more calves are being
born and a busy day continues as the number of cows being born today reaches
12 matching our record for the number of calves born in one day with the help of
a set of twins count by number 14 as with all twins born the ranch will
help Mom out by taking care of one of them for her now she’s already choosing
which one she’s gonna take care of the other one is left lying alone we’ll take
it into the shop and Kenzie helps it out in the calf wama until it’s ready to
join the other calf in the barn now it’s number 50 for the orphaned twin and 37
hanging out together in the barn both now are responsibilities and
neither will be ever returning to their moms as the medication begins working on
number 78 it’s easy to realize that even if we do take care of her infection and
swelling she’ll never be able to take care of her calf the infection could
possibly return without us knowing until it’s too late and for both her sake and
her calves the decision is made to keep her calf with us and let her concentrate
on recovery each day for the next five days
she’ll be brought into the head gate given her shots and her udders will be
checked for reduction and swelling there’s no chance that milk will move
through her system her bag is rock-hard and although swelling is reducing her
prognosis doesn’t look good the determination is made with the help
of our vet that her milk glands and memory tissues have probably been
destroyed by the infection our only course of action is to get her healthy
then we can either let her live on the ranch free of charge or seller to an
animal feed processor it’s a sad end to a great mom but as always a part of the
cycle of life here on the ranch so once she’s through with her
antibiotics and anti-inflammatories we’ll check her for further infection
hopefully she’ll be cleared up then she’ll have a withdrawal period before
we can sell her but more than likely she will be going this is really one of the
parts of the job that I don’t like but at the same time all I have to do is
walk across the bar and see why it’s really worth doing thanks for coming
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100 thoughts on “Massive Bovine Mastitis – Treatment and Calf Plan

  1. Buddy love the videos but I got a problem. I'm a dairy farmer and I work with udders. The udder is the bag and the tips are called teats. Still I love your

  2. I had a minor breast infection once when a milk duct clogged, most likely because my daughter was a fairly weak nurser. Once engorged it takes a lot to fully correct the condition. I can't imagine that cow's pain!

  3. I appreciate the fact that you don’t hide your problems; you take the time and explain the who,what,where,and why; you guys are true champions or advocates for agriculture; exposing yourself for eveybody to see or criticize is a full time job in itself let alone running the ranch; keep up the good work

  4. Why the infection wen for so long, and nobody noticed it? I think it could have been a better prognosis if it were notice beforehand a conduction was building up…

  5. Hi Mike did you think about hand stripping the cow out and putting the antibiotics in to the udder. Only reason I ask is becouse when I worked on a farm if we had a cow go down with masticus. Sorry if the spelling is wrong

  6. Mike thanks again for another great video. Question, how long will you keep the calf on the bottle or how long does a calf stay on his mother milk before just grazing ? Thanks,

  7. A lot of farm groups preach opening up about what we do and why we do it because urbanites don't realize what it takes to produce food. I don't think I could ever open up that much but you do a great job. Sometimes your videos seem like just an ordinary day for us but the explanation you give is dead on. From a fellow beef producers thank you for doing this.

  8. Thank you so much for explaining all this in the best, responsible, respectful way you can. There are many that won't support your decision. I do. That is the worse case I have ever seen.
    I have a goat I have to make a hard call in this year and I am just putting off the inevitable.
    Thank you!

  9. Why can a cow not take care of 2 babies? If sheep and goats can handle multiples, shouldn't a cow be able to? Milk glands are designed to keep up with demand, or has that trait been bred out of beef cattle over the years?? Or is it a matter of just not wanting to risk Mom failing at her duties?

  10. Another awesome video dealing with a topic soooooo desperately deserving of discussion! Media today has given a false narrative to many with no ranching/farming background about antibiotics and their use in livestock. You did an excellent, excellent job of explaining the need for understanding when/why/where/how when choosing to administer antibiotics or choosing not to administer antibiotics! Too many in our population today think there's a blanket answer when the word "antibiotic" is uttered. Well done, Mike, for giving a good, basic overview to your viewing audience!!! (BTW: look inti the Texas 4H Quality Counts program. I am not sure if it is national 4H or Texas only……but every livestock exhibitor must complete the course and pass a test before being eligible for stock shows. The program covers a ton of items, but most importantly, teaches 4H youth about correct medication usages, withdrawal periods and why it is critical that they are followed, and a general "birth to table" overview of 4H livestock with emphasis on why it is so important to follow protocols/regs, as those 4H animals WILL enter the food chain. It is a fabulous program for youth, as well as adults with very little to no livestock/ranching knowledge! Look into it for ideas for future episodes and learning opportunities as you share "Our Wyoming Life" with your viewership!!!). Happy Caving!!!!

  11. I Farm and Ranch my self and I Absolutely love your videos.
    We need videos like your to be shown in schools, so many kids have no idea how the food chain starts.
    You really have a gift in explaining in explaining the subject you are talking about!!

  12. grew up on a dairy farm, def have no qualms of culling older cows.
    NBD. as long as that calf makes you money alll is well

  13. I love living across the state from you and your family. I live in the southwestern part. Your family helps brighten my day when I watch you. Love and prayers always.

  14. A book written long ago by an MD, a Vermont country doctor, found that mastitis could be cured with the administration of 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar per 100 lbs. —morning and night—Placing it over food with molasses- I have used this and it is a game changer. Just a thought. Thanks for great videos and showing a wonderful life—albeit hard work and sacrifice. Blessings to you and yours.

  15. Cows are beautiful animals they're smart and intelligent and have feelings. I hate that they are used for a food source. And the slaughter process is inhumane create stress in the muscle of the animals and then is consumed by humans. There is imbalance in the cells of the meat and enters into the body of those that consume the meat. Go vegetarian

  16. My 6 year old daughter and I watch your videos together, she loves animals and learning. She really likes this video. Keep up the good work sir.

  17. Jeez, I'd imagine that's ecoli but she doesn't seem very sick with it? Never seen one that swollen before. I'm a dairy Farmer and mastitis is nearly as common as wiping your arse when you have a shite milking parlor to work with😂. I would only consider 1st milking to be colostrum/bee stings as even the second milking a few hours later there is a massive drop off in antibodies in the milk. Suppose to ye suckler Farmers/dry cow/cow calf or whatever you call it there it could be considered first half day after calving? In my opinion best thing to do with that cow would definitely be to call her asap, Finnish treatment and withdrawal, and bye bye! If they get it once they'll get it again! Great video I'll have to watch some more!

  18. Oh what a shame. Poor mommy! What a sad state of affairs! First saying goodbye to her calf and then all that pain and medication just so she can be sold for meat. ☹️😢

  19. Great vlog guys, just one thing, as far as I'm aware mastitis is one infection that's not passed on from mother to offspring. In the case you had with poor old 78, pre-calving mastitis, your choice of action was the best as the milk ducts were clogged with solid clotts. But for the usually cases of post calving mastitis one of the best treatments is making sure the quarter is milked out i.e. let the calf have at it.

  20. Man I learn so much from your videos grew up on a cattle farm myself and always have a soft spot for cows and you obviously are passionate about what you do and care about the cows too good stuff man keep it up! 👍🏻👍🏻

  21. Please STOP saying udders. Cows have ONE udder and 4 teats, or quarters. I'm sure you know this but not everyone does.

  22. Offer the cow to one of the 83,000 subscribers, as maybe someone has a pasture they would take a spare cow.

  23. This could have been prevented. this cows death because she has mastitis was completely avoidable. Talking to your vet about a prevention plan and early detection.

  24. Hello sir where are you i am imran arain from pakistan my field agriculture livestock farming 10 years above experince eduation bachlore age37 y old

  25. If I were giving her care I'd have stripped her udders at first sign of swelling. It can bring on giving birth early, but can also save the udder from destruction. Dairy farms seem more equipped to handle mastitis. Not having a milking machine makes stripping difficult.

  26. What a very awesome and educational video! I really enjoyed it! Thank you 😊 so much for sharing this! I learned something's and you taught a lot of things! So incredibly phenomenal!

  27. Sorry about cow 78 but I'm afraid she's a canner. So sorry.if you all have a bull heifer twin set. Do you all keep the heifer. We Always ship ours. I've never had any luck getting one to breed back. You are a much large scale. Just wanted your opinion.

  28. Great video. I'm subscribing! I've worked livestock off and on all my life. I never had to deal with mastitis though.

  29. Hello, im Lilah . Arms family homestead (Daniel) said this is a good channel.
    Arms viewers seem too think so.
    That's why I'm here checking you out.

  30. If you had taken care of her in the first place and watched her udders closely she wouldn't have ended up in a slaughter house. Jerks don't respect animal life!!

  31. I hope she gets well and you keep her, 10 years is a long time to be serving you, she deserves the retirement in comfort, not dog food. Good luck #78

  32. I could only cringe in sympathy for that poor mama cow. I remember experiencing mastitis after my son’s birth…it’s SO painful!

  33. I wonder how much she is worth being fold for dog food or glue?
    What would have happened if the calf attempted to milk or would the mom refused? Would you ever butcher her for pig meat or dog food?

    Why do so many idiots think apple cider vinegar added to water/or food can cure infections? I expect this from Puerto Ricans but these comments were in English for god's sake. It is like the people who feed bleach/CLo2/"MMS" to their retarded children.

    Great video. I never knew that cows will only nurse one calf. It really surprised me. They have enough milk, but I understand why the mother would not want to take the risk.

    You seem a true profession better than many paid PBS actors. I LOVE that you include numbers and prices, this is what made me binge and subscribe. The medicen part is great too but I understand why you might not want to shed light on this. We already have too many restrictions, when leftists in CA find out you can buy injections of cipro without a prescription they might have seisure?

  34. I wonder how much she is worth being fold for dog food or glue?
    What would have happened if the calf attempted to milk or would the mom refused? Would you ever butcher her for pig meat or dog food?

    Why do so many idiots think apple cider vinegar added to water/or food can cure infections? I expect this from Puerto Ricans but these comments were in English for god's sake. It is like the people who feed bleach/CLo2/"MMS" to their retarded children.

    Great video. I never knew that cows will only nurse one calf. It really surprised me. They have enough milk, but I understand why the mother would not want to take the risk.

    You seem a true profession better than many paid PBS actors. I LOVE that you include numbers and prices, this is what made me binge and subscribe. The medicen part is great too but I understand why you might not want to shed light on this. We already have too many restrictions, when leftists in CA find out you can buy injections of cipro without a prescription they might have seisure?

  35. Hi Mike, just found this video. Thank you for sharing.What you do is so important for those of us farmer/rancher wannabes. Thank you for your integrity. Question: Do you hold back a new born to take the place of the one you just lost to mastitis or get one from another rancher or…?

  36. So she can live "free of charge"? She deserves to live out her life there in dignity without the farmer feeling that he is doing any favors.. but I am sure she has been dispatched for cat food already. God is watching.

  37. I would like to see a wife two videos of her vegetable garden how she plants when she plants and what you do is to take care of them. Also if she has any special recipes. Ice or a video if some Christmas cookies that she made I would love to see her to video making those cookies.

  38. I would never do well as a Rancher. I'd be spending too much time awing the new born calves. They are so cute when they're newborn. I would want to play with them. Although I doubt very much they would want to play with me. Lol

  39. What a job ,nice work I wouldn't be able to do all that , you always make sure all the animals get fed and check out .It's good you let them delivered their own calf

  40. I love your videos so much I can't even watch my TV cause I just can't stop looking at them amazing animals, crops and your faithfully family. you all are out there on that pretty ranch taking care everything just like a rancher . You are a great rancher that loves those animals ,I will always enjoy your videos ,God bless you ,you do have me smiling

  41. #78 is one of my favorite cow's, her markings are unique & so awesome.
    I'm sorry to hear about the mastitis she's going through.
    You said the calf will never be able to nurse but once the mastitis is cleared up wouldn't it be safe for her nurse?
    I've watch some video's where dairy cow's have had mastitis but once treated & are clear of infection they've been able to nurse their calves without further problems. Is it different for beef cattle?

  42. I'm sorry to hear the prognosis for #78. I hadn't finished watching the video when I commented.
    It's sad to hear that she has to be put down like that. She's such a beautiful cow & good mother if remember correctly.
    You didn't say if the calf was a girl or boy. If it's a girl will she end up being one of your herd?

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