I have a 4 year old dairy cow who calved a week ago today. She has lost a lot of attachment in her udder and does hang extremely low. She will milk approximately 3-4 gallons each milking right now with colostrum. I keep her calf on her and milk, but could not keep the swelling down in the back quarter. Very very red and swollen, hot quarter but milk comes easy but has tinge of blood. She is extremely hard in that quarter and I did give 30 cc combi-pen. I am wondering if the quarter could be more edema than mastitis. Milk has no lumps but is is very pink. Regular Milk should be coming in this week, and see a little less swelling. Vet tells me to cut my losses, but she is family cow and will stay regardless if she is rebred or not. My question is if blood indicates mastitis or if severe edema with the ligament support gone could be the problem. I am milking, milking, milking and just took two of my older bottle calves down to her and let them strip her out. She is eating well and shows no sign of unwell. She is very sore, but a very good girl to clean and massage. I have been using my fists to massage and try to soften the knots and she still refrains from kicking. ...why the stay on the place attitude will work for me.... I am worried every calving will be hard on her and would like to also know if milking could lessen as she ages. Would help with the bag issue. Thanks for any help or answers on other ideas to make her comfortable.