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A dairy cow with milk fever

I convinced one of my dairy farmer clients to try Mangosteen on a Holstein dairy cow that had been down for five days with milk fever and complications. The cow had only about a 10% probability of getting up. The dairyman gave a full bottle over a 24 hour period, then followed up with three ounces every 6 hours. The cow got up by the end of the second day and was almost normal by the third day.

Ric Dey, New London, WI

Slow starting fresh dairy cows

We were having a lot of trouble with our Holstein dairy cows after calving. They were slow to start eating and drinking and didn’t produce much milk the first week after calving. We were having excellent results with the Mangosteen on our calves, so we decided on our own to give 4-5 ounces of Mangosteen immediately after calving along with warm water to every fresh cow. We saw better appetites, more milk and fewer metabolic problems. After about a month we were able to discontinue the Mangosteen supplementation after we made some other changes, but  it will be a best management practice that we will use if we ever experience such problems with our fresh cows again. 

Dairyman brothers, WI

A dairy cow with an injured back

My daughter who milks 150 cows had a cow that had got caught in a free stall and had been down for several days with severe back injury and swelling along the spine. She had already called the dead stock removal people to come and shoot the cow and haul her off. I convinced her to let me try giving the cow Mangosteen. We drenched her with ½ bottle straight from the Mangosteen bottle, then followed up 6 hours later with ¼ bottle and 11 hours later with the final ¼ bottle. Within an hour after the final drenching the cow was up and within another 24 hours she was out of the boxstall and back out with the herd. The $30 she saved by not having to have the services of the stock removal truck paid for the bottle of Mangosteen and she salvaged a good dairy cow worth about $1500.

John Young, Weyauwega, WI

Udder edema in a springing dairy heifer

One of my clients had a (embryo) recipient dairy heifer that was carrying an expensive heifer calf start developing severe edema nearly 30 days before her due date. We both knew that this developing condition, if left unchecked could not only subject the heifer to a much more difficult calving and mammary trouble, but also increase the risk of the expensive heifer calf being stillborn or being subjected to increased birth canal stress which could reduce the probability of the calf’s survival. We drenched the expectant heifer with 3 ounces of Mangosteen per day until she calved. The developing edema subsided, the calf was born normally without difficulty or stress and the heifer started producing a lot of milk without developing mastitis.

Dr. Oscar Duarte, Darboy, WI 

Dairy calf scours

I had a calf with the scours. I treated it with several different medications with no success. Then I tried 3 oz. of Mangosteen with 2 eggs and half the amount of milk twice the first day and 3 oz. of Mangosteen with the milk once the next day, and the calf got better. Since then I treated several calves the same way and haven't lost any.

Carl Stocker, Portfield, WI

Calf scours and pneumonia

I have been using Mangosteen on my dairy calves for over two years. I will sometimes use some other products, but I never use antibiotics. It is very rare that I have to be concerned about a calf on the third day following the onset of the problem, but I do use 2-3 ounces twice a day. I really like how rapidly the calves respond.

Joe Wavrunek, Denmark, WI

Calf scours and pneumonia

As a dairy consultant I was ask to help a large dairy farm solve a serious calf loss problem. What I found on the farm when I arrived was overwhelming and very depressing. Almost all of the calves were listless, many of them had scours and were breathing rapidly. Some were even frothing at the mouth with their tongues hanging out. I took body temperatures on all but one of the calves. They all had fevers ranging from 103.4 to 106.2.


After I made my recommendations for environmental, management and nutritional changes for the calves as well as the maternity cows that we thought might curtail the onset of these problems in newborn calves, the dairymen brothers insisted that we explore trying to salvage some of the sick calves. I reluctantly agreed as this was before I knew what I know today AND I didn’t want to have supplemented a bunch of calves and have them all die. We supplemented with two ounces of Mangosteen twice a day in their milk. On those that weren’t drinking we squired it from a 60cc syringe into their mouths three times per day. The next day the calf

with the 106.2 temperature died, but we never lost any of the others which really surprised us all. The dairymen really liked the idea that there was no withholding time for selling the bull calves. With some of the drugs they had been using they had withholding times over a month, which was a big aggravation since they liked to sell all of the bull calves within a week of birth.

John D. Young, Weyauwega, WI

Cow with swelled vulva following difficult birthing

Whenever I have a difficult calving, especially after a long labor and a lot of pulling on a calf in which case the cow’s vulva swells and the calf’s nose and tongue swells up, I give both the cow and the calf Mangosteen. I give the cow six ounces followed by three ounces 6-12 hours later. I give the calf two ounces with it’s colostrum, followed by 1-2 ounces at the next feeding. I’m anxious to see if I can get the swelling to go down on a cow who’s vulva swells by 50% or more. I haven’t had one like that since I started using the Mangosteen on my fresh cows.

Jim Spangler, Westby, WI

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