I have a sad situation, I bought a jersey milk cow who is "supposedly" two years old. I bought here because I felt so bad from her from a rather conventional beef farm who just happened to have her. I am suspicious they have just been draining the life out of her using her as a surrogate.
I have just ordered de-wormer fit for cows that are nursing and pregnant. She came with a little black Angus they stuck on her side. We just received her yesterday and in noticing how bad off the Jersey was I hardly noticed until this morning that the cow was limping, doesn't look good, dull and is laying in the corner instead of eating much. She does get around but only here and there and I have seen her nurse a bit.
I figure I'll worm her too (its the spread along the back ridge kind) as I must assume they both have worms considering the calf is so close to the mother and the farm they came from is just knee deep in manure everywhere. Terrible.
Any other ideas on how to reinvigorate the calf or what may be wrong with her? I am pretty much going to call a vet to have her look at the two of them today. I have even thought about reporting the farm but I don't know...I feel like this is common place on conventional farms(not all mind you my neighbor farm is conventional and he cares very much for his cows,but you get my drift).
Thanks in advance- Michael