Thursday, 11 August 2011

The effects of the weather.

Our rivers are full. Up Dale it is raining continuously and by the time the water gets down to here it is fast-flowing and peaty. Holiday-makers are having a pretty rought week of it this week.

Tuesday was a lovely day, yesterday was a complete wash-out and today it is wet and very much warmer - 'muggy' as they say round here. And true to form - muggy weather leads to mastitis. This morning one of the heifers was missing and after a long search the farmer found her lying down under the hedge, looking rather sorry for herself.

She was stiff to get up and limped badly as he brought her in. She had got mastitis. This awful condition seems to strike when the weather is damp and warm; it is aggravated by flies and makes the poor cow/heifer feel very sick.

She has been given an injection and put into isolation in warm, dry straw where she can be monitored and given further injections but she does look so sorry for herself.
There is always something on a farm and that 'something' is usually bad. Warm damp weather is responsible for fly strike as well as mastitis, but as we have no sheep on site at present we shall at least not have to deal with that.

Rosemary of Share my Garden kindly sent me two photographs of the wild flower garden I talked about yesterday. Apparently it was there last year and she photographed it. Sadly I just cannot get the photos to transfer on to my blog. My skills are not brilliant in that field but if I succeed then I will put them on later in the day. In the meantime, if you live in the UK, take my advice and don't go out without your brolly.


Gerry Snape said...

I don't like to refer to myself as an old cow...but I had that while feeding my second child...and very sore it is...poor cow!

The Crow said...

Contracted mastitis when my daughter was born, so my sympaties are with the heifer...poor thing.

Heather said...

It is mostly cloudy here but there are a few holes with blue sky showing and at the moment the sun is shining. It is trying to be a summer day and is at least warm. Do hope the heifer responds to treatment. Never had that complaint myself but had shingles in that area and that was bad enough. Hope you don't have flooding to contend with. One minute we have a drought, the next, too much rain. At least neither has become a disaster situation except in very localised cases.

mrsnesbitt said...

Aye - rain eh? Enough said!

Cloudia said...

hope heifer feels better soon.
Thanks for showing us this lovely patch!

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ChrisJ said...

I used to feel so sorry for the holiday makers dragging themselves round the shops in Bridlington in the rain. This was when people who did B&B did not let their guests back into their rooms during the day time.