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Sabo Ranch Intern Diary – Rebecca Kurnick

October 18, 2009


Lena has been showing signs of limping.  Her left hind foot seems to be the problem. Vet Will Oliver came by to doctor her toe, which is a lot longer than it should be to begin with.  It seems she has a genetic crack on the inside of her right toe.  An infection was begining to make a home.  Will Oliver filed down the dead material and used Bovibond to apply a plastic cap to cover the toe.  Jenny puts great effort into keeping the herd as chemical free as possible, however Will used a local antibiotic in the fat pad to assist with the healing.   After the visit we continued treating Lena by fasting her and giving her a dose of crushed garlic (approximately 2 oz) in the morning and evening based on Newman Turner’s (1950’s English organic farmer) philosophies, (“Cure Your Own Cattle”, Newman Turner, republished by Acres U.S.A, 2009). 

Weather setting in October, 18

Bad weather setting in October 18, 2009. Dairy Cows still on green grass

One characteristic of the Sabos is their commitment to the overall health of their animals, despite resistance met towards alternative methods of healing.  Lena is a Jersey cow bred for her milk production and butter fat content. Naturally very thin and hard to keep weight on, she is not an “easy keeping” cow.  Easy keeping is one of the biggest traits I have been looking at the past few months.  Jenny said what you want to look at in a good cow is the “belly, bag, and boots”. With Lena I am seeing the negative effects of having poor feet. 

Cupcake is maintaining about two and a quarter gallons a day.  This week Cora had a snotty nose and was looking a little down so we fasted her for a day, giving us a spike in milk from Cupcake.










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