free_bird's Journal, 02 May 2013

The scale is toying with me...
147.8 lb Lost so far: 8.2 lb.    Still to go: 12.8 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.
on diet free_bird's own diet   losing 1.2 lb a week


Mine taunts me. Scales are evil. 
02 May 13 by member: DairyFarmersWife
I really considered not weighing today and trying your current challenge. I was relieved when I saw the number though. Maybe I could break up too now that I'm happier with what it's telling me? Also, do you know anything about treating warts on cattle? (strange segue)  
02 May 13 by member: free_bird
I think not having the scale to tell me how well I'm doing it going to be good. Now I feel like I have to eat well because I'm second guessing if I'm up or down. Then again.. I'm only on the second day. I could snap and go nuts by next week. lol I've been asking farmers if cows really swim for a couple weeks now. Wart questions don't seem wierd anymore! What kind of warts? Like hairy heel warts.. the ones on their feet or the ones on their face? 
02 May 13 by member: DairyFarmersWife
If it's the warts on their head, body, the best way to get rid of them is liquid nitrogen. As the AI tech if they've got any extra to pour will burn them off. 
02 May 13 by member: aggie95
We only get a couple cows a year that will get face warts and it's usually the younger heifers. We leave them alone. Usually within 6 months they disappear on their own. If it's a bigger problem then our vet recommends a vaccine. These are milk cows though.. I'm not sure if they can use the same vaccines on beef cows.  
02 May 13 by member: DairyFarmersWife
Thank you both for the comments. These warts are on the face & shoulders. About 3 of our young heifers have them. I've been told to just leave them alone, but it seems like only one had them, then they spread to the other 2.....  
02 May 13 by member: free_bird
They are contagious if they scratch on the same posts but they're purely cosmetic. The younger heifers are more susceptible so that’s probably why you’re seeing them. They do sell tropical ointments in the med magazines we get but we’ve never tried any of them and if I remember right they are expensive. I’m not sure how much the vaccines are. Our vet always recommended leaving them alone but said if you notice they are scratching them off then they risk getting infected and you'll want to watch them closely. My first heifer had them all over her face. She looked like a cow with acne. They did clear up on their own though.  
02 May 13 by member: DairyFarmersWife
Darn scales..We have a love/hate relationship don't we???.:O) 
02 May 13 by member: BHA


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