Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Calf with a broken leg

Calves are born on our farm daily. They usually get up and start walking around within an hour after birth. But that wasn’t the case with a heifer calf born a few days ago. Shortly after she entered the world, it appears her mother accidently stepped on her back leg breaking it.

She needed medical attention, so Lad, Josue and Marco got to work helping this calf. An injury like this is rare on our farm. A splint was made, then the leg was set with the cloth-lined pipe splint before being bound with hoof wrap.

She's a tough, strong calf
The calf was treated with anti-inflammatory and penicillin for the pain and swelling. She’s doing well and currently resting in the soft, cozy straw bed inside her hutch.

In a week, the splint will be taken off to check the leg. Then the dressing and splint will be re-applied.

She's protected from the wind and cold
Everything is being done to help her leg heal so she recovers and becomes a healthy heifer.

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