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  1. Kim Morton says

    You guys certainly deserve for this to work out financially. Wishing you the best.

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  2. Abby Swan says

    We had a bull calf that injured his ankle. We kept him in a calf pen by himself and let it heal because he had minimal movement. He grew to be 1800 pounds before we butchered him. He healed well. Good luck to your little girl.

  3. Melissa Crosby says

    Hope she stays well for you! It is hard to decide when its more money with no guarantees, and you don’t know how long the animal will continue to try. I’m with you though, we want to try as long as the animal will keep trying and keep the will to live.

  4. Jodie Bobolz says

    We helped along a calf just like that (cast and all). Her leg was never “pretty” but she was a very sound and functional cow for four lactations (very spoiled, too). It’s like a sprained ankle–all the time and attention that you gave the leg gave time for layers of scar tissue to form and give strength. Best of luck and thanks for sharing a story that shows how much we farmers care for our girls.

  5. Anne says

    This spring we had a new calf who got septicemia (sp?) that went into her joints and caused her leg to gangrene. We decided to have her hoof amputated in hopes that we could at least raise her to eating-ish size. Much to my surprise, our very conventional vet told us to treat the wound with honey and change bandages twice a day. It healed like a dream in no time! If you ever have a wound like that again, I’d highly recommend honey. 🙂

  6. Jani Telleen says

    We did this years ago to a heifer also. When the leg healed, she toed out on that foot and wore the front of her hoof down, but we milked her for many years. Good luck with Crooked.

  7. capriox says

    So did Crooked make it?

    We had a 13 month old heifer break her leg this past winter (extreme cold = way more icy surfaces in barns = several dairy farms including ours local had heifers break legs). I thought for sure she was too old/big to save, but the vet said that if we casted her leg & put her in a boxstall alone she had an 80% chance of healing fine (other 20% get gangrene around the break or something equally awful, ugh). So we casted her… and then re-casted her two weeks later because it was -2 still air temp when we casted her the first time and the chemical bonding didn’t set right!!! At 8 weeks we took the cast off and she walked weird on the leg (stiff knee and held at awkward angle to compensate for cast) and had a small cast sore. Another two months later… and she’s fine! You can’t even tell by looking at her that she ever had a break, walks soundly on a nice straight leg. Hope Crooked had as much luck.

    • dairycarrie says

      Yes she did! Hopefully she will continue to be sound on the leg as she continues to grow.

  8. Stephanie Kopenhafer says

    I just came across this on the internet tonight. We currently have a calf who has a joint infection and she won’t use that leg. She is the biggest most spoiled baby on the farm and yet continues to eat and grow like a weed so we just keep fighting the infection. Do you have any suggestions on to get her to walk on her leg? Right now she gets around great considering it is with her 3 other legs.

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