First an update on Dabba’s recovery from the prolapse…No ill effects up to this point, she is pushing others cows around at the bunk. She has come along on milk production quite well, considering.
Now to answer the questions you had in dealing with the prolapse…In regard to how can you get every thing clean in such an environment…In all reality you can’t, but there are many ways to treat any infection of the uterus that you will most certainly get and cows deal and bounce back very well from them.
As a dairyman, dealing with uterine infections are not that bad, number one, you alreadu know of the problem before it even happens most often, because it is a byproduct of hard calving, prolapse, etc…
Second, how you dealt with the root cause will most often determine the severity of the infection. Case in point, like with this prolapse; was the tail restrained so as not to swish shit around, was the area cleaned up as much as possible, if done lying down or was there a way to support the uterus on a clean surface if standing; was there plenty of warm water to rinse, keeping clean and moist, was there plenty of disinfectant? Was the uterus flushed after it was re-inserted?
After doing all these things you would be quite surprised how clean you can keep the uterus and again, cows are strong, if given a stress free chance, they will bounce back.
This being the big stumbling block in dairy economics today…simply put, if they are down, they’re done; a big reason behind high cull rates in today’s dairy.
What can be done to treat an infection?First, I would say it depends on how bad, but with that said, they should never get the chance to get bad…Simple things, such as infusing the uterus. Clean-up boluses inserted into the uterus if done within a few days after calving problem…Within a month can give a cow lute to stimulate heat cycle and will naturally flush herself, then repeat in two weeks.
All ways to work naturally with the cow, not using antibiotics! Now will this work for every one? No, probably not…for me it has done ok…Most likely because of diversification and I think of farming as a lifestyle choice, not a job.
Also like the idea of Jack of all trades, Master of none…keeps you hoppin’, with no two days being the same…