Daisy was very much of a learning experience for us! I’m glad that some others have been able to benefit from our learning curve; makes it seem a bit more worthwhile. Some of the lessons that seem to stick out the most to me are:
Get a vet check for a cow before buying and GET A SAMPLE OF THE MILK CULTURED. If the owner is unwilling to allow you to do that, then they’re not worth dealing with. Also, the owner may or may not know if the cow has a problem like Staph A or not.
If you’re buying a registered animal, make SURE you have the proper paperwork from the seller and that it is signed. Also, make up a bill of sale. I had a TIME getting Daisy transferred into my name. The owners had not given me the original copies of the paperwork; it was not signed; and I didn’t even know what to look for anyway because I was brand new to it. Turns out I had to contact the AJCA and they had to contact the owners to get permission to register Daisy in my name as I had tried over and over to get them to sign the transfer sheet. I’d emailed, called, offered to meet them half way, even sent the transfer sheet for them to sign with a SASE for them just sign and send back. She finally got officially transferred into my name the week she died. (they were kind enough to cancel the registration though and not charge me the fee.)
Be prepared with a calcium IV set and know how to use it! It probably would have saved her life!
(A little history: This lady bought a cow named Daisy. After purchasing her, they learned she had Staph Aureus mastitis. Not uncureable, but very difficult to treat. They spent a lot of time and money working to heal this cow and get her in good condition to calve again. At time of drying off, they had won the fight with mastitis! At calving time, the calf came out normal, but the cow went down with milk fever. From a variety of circumstances, the neighboring dairy was out of calcium, they lived far from town, and the vet was unable to reach them for a few hours. By then, too late. Their cow Daisy died. Below are some words of reflection that she would like to share with others so that others can learn from their experiences:)