These pictures are nothing beautiful to look at, but they are an example of how wonderful our (and our animals!) bodies are made!
This is Mary's front teat, six weeks post-op. The only signs of her trauma are a slightly deformed teat, and a small scab that will soon disappear! The milk now squirts out just below that scab, not quite on the bottom like her other three quarters, but who cares?!
Her udder, just before milking. She's one of our heaviest milkers, and yesterday when we tested, she milked 46 lbs of milk in one milking. That's 92 lbs per day. Not too shabby!
Jim worked with her carefully for a while to ensure that her teat didn't get infected, and she helped herself immensely by being totally cooperative!
Just out of curiosity, I looked up the vet bill, to see what it cost to have him come examine her and repair her teat...
Farm Call before 8am...$25.20
Tramped teats don't always end in success, but we are thankful that this time it did!
I'd say it was worth it!