Last Tuesday my favorite Jersey milk cow went down with what we think was winter tetany. She was lying on her side with her head kinked back, paddling her legs. I tried everything we could think of, called the vet, and still she never got back up. She lingered all week, and finally breathed her last this morning. I'd just gone to the vet for a sedative so that my dh could put her down this evening. As of Saturday evening, she refused water and food, and she just wasn't getting any better. I think my hubby is relieved a bit that he doesn't have to put her down. I know he wasn't looking forward to it. (who would be?) I had Lady for right at a year and she was the most wonderful cow. Very sweet, cooperative and affectionate. Her heifer calf is 9 weeks old, and thankfully, my other Jersey mamma cow has plenty of milk and will nurse her for me. I'm hoping to keep the heifer as my next milk cow. We sent some blood to the vet to make sure Lady didn't have Johnnes disease. If it's negative, I'll keep Lady's baby girl and hopefully she'll enjoy a nice long life here on the farm. What a sad, stinky week.