It’s a rare occasion here at Wayward Goose Farm when we need the services of our trusty vet. Our cows are vigorously healthy young ladies but sometimes, just as with people, situations arise that require the care of a medical professional. Such was the case last week when newly freshened Lauren started acting like something was wrong. Usually quite bossy and a hearty eater, she lost interest not only in food but in retaining her queen bee status too. Dan, drawing on his lifelong experience as a dairyman, suspected a DA on the right and Sara, one of the great team from Granville Vet Service who came to treat Lauren confirmed his diagnosis and told him what he already knew, that it’s a freak occurrence and doesn’t always respond well to treatment. Simply put, a displaced abomasum is when the fourth stomach of a cow becomes, in a sense, twisted. Surgery isn’t always required but in Lauren’s case it was. Sara got right to work shaving a nice big patch and operated in the barn while Lauren stood patiently waiting. Shortly after the surgery not only was she eating hay she was also mooing her displeasure at being left behind while the rest of the gang was out grazing. This photo is from the following morning. She still can’t join the grazing party as the incision site is a bit too new. It hasn’t stopped her from bossing poor Janet around, who stays behind for company. We think she’s going to recover just fine!!
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