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Natural Remedies

Discussion in 'Natural and Organic Husbandry' started by Cricket, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Jan 1, 2013
    Cricket

    Cricket Ridin' The Range

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    Thought if anyone is interested, we could have a natural remedies/cures thread. I've come across some really interesting ideas tucked into threads that are later challenging to find. I'm planning on linking to these threads. Feel free to contribute/comment/results!
     
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    Straw Hat Kikos

    Straw Hat Kikos The Kiko Cowboy

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    Don't we have an herbal worming area and an organic section? Would those count or not? I'm not certain we have those as I never go there but I think we do.
     
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    Cricket

    Cricket Ridin' The Range

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    Udder Balm. From: http://asonomagarden.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/how-to-make-an-easy-beeswax-lotion/

    Melt 1/2 Cup beeswax in a pint jar placed in a pan of hot water. Add 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1 cup olive oil. Stir. Remove from heat. Stir occasionally as it cools.

    We use a commercial version of this at the farm I work at, except that it has no coconut oil. It's great for people, too. I would like to try making a larger batch and try freezing in muffin tins. Then I'd have small batches that I could experiment with adding Oil of Oregano for antibiotic properties or Peppermint Oil for when my heifer calves for bag congestion.
     
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    Cricket

    Cricket Ridin' The Range

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    Yep, you goatie folks do! This is more for those times when the thread goes on for many pages and 1 post may mention something, but you probably won't find it in a search.
     
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    greybeard True BYH Addict

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    In the emergency section??

    Ok, I'll offer one as well--and only one. It's success rate is extremely high compared to all others. Feel free to link to it.

    Call a vet or use tried and facility tested and approved medical treatment, medicines, antibiotics, and preventatives.
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    (I saw an "interesting" natural home cure/remedy not too many weeks ago elsewhere. I cannot, will not and DO NOT recommend it, even tho the person swore it works.
    Your best hereford cow has pinkeye? Have someone throw a 1/2 handful of salt or sand directly into the affected eye every 2 days
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Cricket

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    Last time I posted what I considered a recipe, it was moved to the 'cures' part. (Udder balm) If you take the time to look at the thread, Greybeard, you will see that the natural part was in addition to Nuflor. Giving baking soda to a cow that is starting to bloat before the vet can be reached isn't throwing modern medicine out the window. I'm not going to the throwing salt in a cow's eye as a cure for pink eye place.
     
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    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master

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    Greybeard, something you may not be aware of is the fact that TOO MANY PEOPLE are throwing anti-biotics around as well as many wormers and as you do know many wormers are no longer working. The anti-biotics issue is bigger than wart most people realize.
    At a recent class one of the speakers, who is also a vet and treats most every farm in two counties, stressed very strongly that WE ALL need to be very careful. The Powers that be are seriously thinking of removing ALL anti-biotics off the shelves. No more going to TSC and picking up what you need. I won't relay the entire discussion but she also shared how eventually, if that happens, the vets are next. What will we do then??? (The vets statement)

    Anything being used off label MUST BE UNDER THE DIRECTION?SUPERVISION OF A VET!!! There are too many issues here.
    I am all for investigating natural remedies. They have been around for thousands of years AND gee, animals have survived for thousands of years.

    Remedies that have been around for thousands of years ARE TRIED AND TESTED.
    So the tried/true "approved" medical treatments that have been around for 50-60 years or so are causing many issues today..for animals and humans.
     
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    bonbean01 Herd Master

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    I'm all for learning natural remedies...but I hesitate to get too far on that in BYH since I've been slammed for going a natural route first. If I have an animal who is in trouble and needs more, I don't hesitate. Keep antibiotics in my fridge at all times and chemical wormer Cydectin....but haven't used it yet.

    Looking forward to reading more on this thread and will try to contribute also...thanks for starting it Cricket :)
     
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    I haven't been around thousands of years, but have been around long enough to remember when antibiotics weren't commonly used in livestock production and remember the large #s of cattle and other livestock dieoffs across the world. I'm pretty sure that each and every one reading this would take their child or other family to a family doctor as quickly as possible instead of opting to use a natural or other homeopathic remedy/cure first.

    Considering that a large # of the animals that end up here in EMERGENCY in very poor shape arrived in that state due to first being treated by home remedies instead of sound veterinary medicine, it seems a bit of a circular approach to now be posting these things in this section instead of in the species sub-sections. It may be acceptable to some, especially in animals in which a comparatively small amt of time and $$ is invested, but I'm sure not going to risk a $3000 herd sire's treatment to home/natural cures, especially in emergency situations.
    Considering the emotional attachments to livestock I have often seen posted here at BYH, I also think there is a not so visible and less tangible investment at stake for most members here and that investment deserves the very best of care as well.

    Then there is the responsibility aspect.
    Are members posting these cures/remedies prepared to accept full responsibility if they do not work and cause grievous harm or death to an animal or emotional harm to the owner(s)?
    I'm betting that question will be ignored completely or answered "no".