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Recent ODairy Discussions - September, 2023

By Liz Bawden, NODPA Board Co-President

A farmer’s herd bull was lame. Thinking it was from overgrown rear feet, the bull’s hooves were trimmed when he noticed significant swelling on one leg. Thinking the reason for the lameness was now an injury, he was searching for some support to ease the pain and allow healing. It was suggested that he start by administering homeopathic Rhus tox as it is used when “the first parts of moment are difficult - stiff and creaky - but work out of the stiffness with some movement. Like they “warm out of it”. They tend to be restless and want to move around, and moving relieves the pain and stiffness.” Oral Vitamin C was also suggested.

In the July issue of the NODPA News, we reported on a discussion about a first calf heifer with a uterine torsion. The discussion continued with the farmer reporting that the vet was able to right the torsion, and the cow lived. She asked if the cow should be bred back again, or was she likely to repeat the torsion in her next pregnancy. It was stated in an online article, Calving: Seek Help If You Suspect a Uterine Torsion (see the next article) that, “Just like a prolapsed uterus, torsions are an absolute fluke. There is no reason the cow would do it again, so as long as she breeds back there is no reason to cull her.”