I saw this quote the other day, and while it pertains to life, I found it to be particularly important for dairy farming as well: " A Physician once said the best medicine for humans is love. Someone asked him what if that doesn't work? He smiled and said....Increase the Dose!"
The same can be said about cows and calves on a dairy farm. We have emergency veterinarian care at the dial of a phone, medicine on hand for almost any possible ailment, skilled employees to find sick cows and we feel prevention is the best cure. Even with all of the technology and medicine, the best medicine we can give is our love for our animals.
The other day one of our employees came to the rescue of a cow having her calf. The calf was 45 days premature. While the calf was born early, it was alive, and that little bull calf fought with all of his might to stay alive. We worked hard to give him the very best care that we could. With as much love as possible, we fed him multiple small meals each day. We gave him medicine to help his lungs develop and antibiotics to keep away any infections. As hard as we tried, however, Mother Nature was not on our side. This little guy was born without the ability to pass manure. As much love as we gave him, we knew that he wasn't going to make it. At two and a half days of age, the little bull passed away. I can't help it, every time I lose a little calf, I cry, even if there was nothing I could do, other than increase the dose of love that they received. With all the wonders of modern medicine and technology, we will still have sick animals and we will still lose some calves, but at the end of the day I know that I gave the best medicine first...love, and if that didn't work, well I always increase my dose.