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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
(1882)

Henry, W. A.
Dairy experiments at the experimental farm, Madison, Wis.,   pp. 43-60 PDF (3.3 MB)


Page 48

 
Wc0Nrsnir -Duzyxzii's Assocurxox. 
On the 16th the Black eow refused to eat all of the bran and smut 
mixture, leaving about two-thirds of it. For a couple of days again 
she ate it all, and then grew so indifferent that she would scarcely 
tste it, and on the twenty-third of the month she was turned out 
with the rest of the cattle as being smut proof. 
The Red cow ate all that was given her and maintained such a 
hearty appetite and appeared so well that I despaired of finding 
any limit to her capacity. She was now getting a peck of smut a 
day and thriving finely. But a change came suddenly. On the 
morning of the 24th the usual food was placed before her and later 
it was noticed that she had not eaten it. She did not show signs of 
pain at that time. At nine o'clock I found her lying down and 
apparently in pain. The thermometer showed her temperature to 
be 99.6. She was unable to rise and soon gave evidence of great 
suffering. Her temperature fell rapidly, and at 11:30 she died. 
The following are some of the readings of the thermometer at the 
time: 
Time.                                         Temperature. 
9      Aoi X...6 ..................................   . 
9.90 A. X. ....M.................... .................... 9e.a 
9.48   A.  M.   .... ........... .............. ...........   ....  97.8
10.(0  A.  X .   .......................... .9... .   .  ......... .  96.8
o0.aoA.  X .  .........................................   ....  95.2 
10. 45  A.  X .............................................  96.4 
1.OO   A.]X.  ............... ...............................  96.2 
1 .24   A.   K .   ................. .....   ..... ........   .................
 95.3 
11:24 A. M. (dead)......................... ...............  95.0 
I do not think the cow was very sick during the night, as she did 
not attract special attention at feeding time in the morning. Her 
symptoms during sickness were as follows: Loss of use of limbs; 
head thrown forward so as to bring nose on a line with back; hard 
breathing and groaning; spasmodic contractions of the body; horns 
and legs cold, the latter stretched out stiffly and hoofs rattling 
when shivering; some frothing at the mouth, from which also flowed 
quite a quantity of thin, yellowish fluid. No faeces passed after 
she la- down, but passages had occurred during the night. The 
excrement was somewhat watery and a peculiar blackish color. No 
remedies were administered, as the anima' was evidently dying 
when first noticed as being sick, and I wished to examine the oon- 
tents of the stomachs as they would appear without medicine being 
mixed with them. A poet mortem examination revealed no certain 
single seat of the trouble, unless it was the small intestine. In the 


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