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|My little holstein heifer|
I should probably name this little cow, but I haven't yet; it's funny, but that's something that I carry over from pigs. I try my best not to name the pigs because I get too attached to them. It's a little different with a milk cow; I expect her to be here for many years.
She's used to the halter now, balking now and then at things that only cows see. lines on the ground are a problem. Shadows sometimes. The biggest breakthrough was developing a daily routine and sticking to it. Not a problem for her, a problem for me. Most animals I think are comforted by knowing what is going on, and have things become routine.
For this little cow, the routine is that I come and find her, and clip on her lead, and then lead her around for a while, eventually leading her to her ration of grain. The routine is to be led around by the lead; I don't really want her to associate a particular place with feeding right now, as it's handy to have her just trustingly trot along behind and wait patiently when tied somewhere.
She does have horn buds, and having experienced full-sized cows with horns, I'm not a big fan. I'm going to call a veterinarian in to dehorn her because I've never done it myself, and I'd like to have someone show me how it's done.
They are not particularly mean with their horns, but full-sized cows don't realize how big and hard their heads are sometimes, and you can get knocked out by her swinging her head around to get rid of a pesky fly. Having her have horns just makes it worse.
I did call the vet in to check her, vaccinate and worm her; that cost around $140, which seems high, but I'm a believer in vaccines. One of the vaccines was for tetnus - which takes about 10 days to work. So I put off the dehorning until that shot was effective.
So I've invested about $650 into this little girl so far; and I'm having to convince myself that spending money at this stage is wise, that it's a long term investment.