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7 year old brood cow -twins
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Posted 10/24/2023 21:47 (#10454714 - in reply to #10454027)
Subject: RE: 7 year old brood cow -twins

NE Iowa
Sometimes I've seen cows not 'let down' their milk right away, and production picks up later. Had an older cow with twins this past spring - twins didn't seem 'full' for first week or so, so I offered a bottle once a day if they wanted it - which at first they did. After about 10 days mom's swelling & hardness in her udder had softened up and she started letting down her milk so they could clean her out - and they stopped wanting any bottle supplement. That also happened on a cow this fall - our vet suggested giving oxcytosin to help her 'let down' her milk. Tried it but it didn't seem to help for her. After a week or 10 days the udder softened and the calves were getting enough to be content. May not work same for your cow, but I'd suggest offering bottle supplements for a while IF they want it - and hopefully in short time they won't need it.
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