We’re in the middle of Fall calving here on the farm. That means that our Fall cow/calf herd of 34 cows and 4 first-time Moms, or otherwise known as replacement heifers, have to be checked on a daily basis. So, every morning my husband and I travel to each of our two pastures to do just that. This morning, we noticed a cow off by herself. This usually means she has had a new baby calf. That wasn’t the case today. We discovered that one of her back hooves had been severly cut, and was very swollen. So, after we had checked the cows in our other pasture, we headed back to load her up and bring her home.
We got her into our working catch pen, and washed her hoof off with antiseptic, and then proceeded to treat her with antibiotic. This will help the wound to fight off infection, and heal. We let her out into the lot with the replacement heifers at our homeplace, so that we can keep an eye on her.
We take animal welfare very seriously on our farm. We never want to see an animal suffer. You’ve probably heard the expression, ” the animals on our farm come first”. It’s true; if an animal is in distress, they get priority over anything else on our farm. Thanks for stopping by today to see what’s been going on here around the farm!