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Cattle Health

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Herd health and individual cattle health is important when raising cattle, because a producer needs to know what to do and how to treat a bovine that is sick or injured. There are many diseases and health concerns in the field of raising cattle, and they can be asked and answered here. Be sure to always consult your local licensed large animal veterinarian with concerns about your animals. Your vet is your best source of information.
look at it like weeds when they getting out of hand the you need to  control the but you can never really knock out weeds or parasites,
There are many different reasons that a yearling calf could die. Or  any cow. !) It was born with a defect that finally killed it. 2) It  could have contracted a illness that could have killed it.3) A  predator could have killed it, the kind of predator would depend on  the area the calf lived...
I would personally not give them minerals for i am nice to animals
it can suffer from posion snakes
A newborn calf should have colostrum as soon as it is born, because it contains antibodies and immunoglobins that are crucial to the calf's health and immunity to the mass of bacteria and viruses floating around that could make a calf sick. There is a 90% chance that the calf will not survive if he...
With cows or bulls, often fixing a broken limb isn't worth the costs invested in getting the treatment to fix such an injury or the labour and time involved in getting it to heal properly. Most, if not all, cows and bulls (and even older calves, at least those that are considered yearlings) are...
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This can be a result of a nutrient deficiency or lice. You should provide the cow with a higher source of nutrient (either in the feed or a supplement). For the treatment of lice (usually should be done every year depending on your area) a powder can be applied to the back of every animal, your...
She could be already dead, or very sick and on the verge of death.
You haven't been exposed to blackleg (a Clostridial bacterial infection) as the vaccine is a killed vaccine, but it would be a good idea to keep a close watch on how you feel for the next week and watch the accidental injection site as well. If you start to run a fever or notice swelling, redness or...
Yes. Cows need to be healthy in order to produce a calf, give milk, and even live a good life. Vaccines and antibiotics are made available whenever an animal is in need of it, but shouldn't be used on an animal if she doesn't need it.
Because many rescued animals have come from abusive conditions,  however, these cattle may have more health problems and a shorter  life span than other cattle.   On the average, adult male cattle ("bulls" if not castrated;  "steers" if castrated) of breeds such as Angus, Jersey, and ...
They do not. This is a myth that has been spread around by meth-users in making recipes from certain things in their attempts and making the illegal narcotic crystal methamphetamine.
Yes, if (and only if!!) the milk from these cows are not being used for human consumption.
Okay no offence but what kind of question is that?!
Acute metritis: accumulation of fluid within the uterus. Clinical endometritis: and infection of the uterus within 21 days of labour Sub clinical endometritis: inflammation of the uterus Pyometra: distension of the uterus in the presence of an active corpus luteum Retained Placenta: retention of...
It should be treated as soon as you discover it. First, you have to milk out the affected quarter as thoroughly as you can, then treat it with an antibioitic preparation. Mammary infusions designed for dairy cows also work well for beef cows. The antibiotic preps come in a plastic syring with a...
You have a 1:1 000 000 chance of contracting "mad cow disease" or CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of "Mad Cow disease.") Your chances increase as you get into your 50's and 60's.
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I think you've been feed it way too much grain than what it needs. You probably were told by someone that cows need grain, and didn't listen to the other part of the equation that cows need to have hay and grass to eat. Also, it's likely that you haven't provided enough exercise for your pet cow:...
Yes. It is called a prion. It causes other proteins to take the same shape it has. As a result it destroys brain tissue.
There are no known cures for MCD in its human form, which is otherwise known as variant Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD). Nor are there any cures for MCD in the bovine version, which is otherwise known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). As a matter of fact, no form of this disease in any...
What kind of "cow" are you referring to? Is this a young calf or an older cow? Cows refer to mature female bovines. And your "cow" may be ill; not eating is a common symptom of a bovine that is sick.
Mastitis is inflammation from injury or infection, what commercial operations do to prevent this is every they milk, they dip the teats in iodine and they also wipe them off and sterilize them before milking as well, there is no way to stop it from happening but that is one way to minimize it. To...
It seems to me that she has nerve damage. Get her to a vet ASAP, if you don't it will become worse and cripple her, she may even die.
No. Scours, or BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhea) is not a zoonotic illness that can be transmitted from animal to human or vice versa.
No, but a modified live vaccine (MLV) may cause embryo death or an infection of the fetus, especially if you time the vaccinations wrong. But no, it won't cause abortion. A killed vaccine is more safe and effective to vaccinate your cows against BVD. An oil-based killed BVD vaccine is safer and...
Bag Balm, that can be purchased at any store that sells farming supplies,
Signs of illness include but is not limited to: head hung loweyes seem dull and sunk back coat will look dull (hair could be falling out)nose may be cold and drydiarrhea decrease in appetite decrease in milk productionweight losslow energy levelsabnormal to no rumen movements (cud chewing)wheezing...
There is no cure for this disease. Only way to "cure" mad cow disease is to die.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent blackleg.
No more milk or beef would be produced for human consumption. There would be a reason why every cow in the world got sick and died and that reason would probably have severe harm to the human population.
Breeches can be quite difficult to correct, so you will have to call your vet to get the calf out for you. Often calves that are backwards or in breech have a less chance of survival than calves that are coming the normally but have a foot or leg back or locked hips. You NEED TO WORK FAST TO SAVE...
Remove animals from affected pasture, let graze clean paddock and recovery wil occur in 2-3 days. If Animals are down then feed and water them in a safe area where they are not going to get caught up in fences or drown in dams, until they regain their feet and mobility.
When the calf is not vaccinated for Clostridium spp.. The bacteria are ingested, pass through the wall of the GI tract, and after gaining access to the bloodstream through capillaries joined to the GI tract, are then deposited in muscle and other tissues.
Twisted gut or twisted abomasum occurs in cows immediately after  birth, or when they haven't been eating for some time and are  exposed to strenuous activity that will move their stomach  excessively. Symptoms include pain (kicking at the belly, moving  head back to the belly), reduced appetite...
It depends on what illness the cow has. Most likely she'll be quarantined, or separated from the herd, and given penicillin or some other antibiotic to help her battle her infection. But if she has a disease that is not treatable, like Johnes Disease for instance, then she is shipped to the...
Off yellow or green yellow.
Mastitis is an infection in the udder of a cow and can be treated in a variety of ways. Some farmers will let the cow clear the infection herself (no antibiotics given) and will just keep stripping out the milk from the infected quarter multiple times a day to help draw the infection out. Other...
A sick cow will have a high temperature and she will also be off her food, not eating. She will not produce as much milk as she should be and will generally look lethargic
That's a huge red flag for a calf that has a brain injury. Unless you want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars getting the calf fixed, it's best to put him down.
One possibility is that she may have experienced a false heat, butthis usually only occurs if she's earlier on in her gestation thanin late gestation. Other possibilities are more worrying and suchthat you must contact your veterinarian about to see what could bewrong.
Mastitis: this is an infection of the udder, you cannot ship milk that is infected with mastitis Milk fever: after the cow has given birth, she is putting all the calcium in her body into the milk, leaving her deficient in calcium.
No not necessarily, if they are out on pasture when it rains they usually go into the woods for shelter, or into the barn if they are in the barnyard. However, if cattle are kept outside in continuous rain with no shelter then they can become ill. They may catch a common cold, pneumonia, or foot rot...
  Not especially. Milk and sodium contain somewhat essential nutrients, butthere's nothing synergistic about the two. While sodium is essential for your body to have, it's very easy to consume too much, which can lead to high blood pressure. Milk is a good source of protein, potassium and...
Loose mineral is better than a salt block. You can get minerals for cattle at your local feed store. The standard mineral block is the blue block that contains Cobalt and Iodine. Other blocks contain more minerals, such as Selenium, Iron, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, etc. There are also...
It is best to have your veterinarian come and remove them when you first notice them. The vet will cut them off and spray them will an antibacterial spray. If you leave them too long they can continue to grow and the vet may have to freeze the wart in order to remove it.
No, not all. They can see quite well, quite often better than humans can, and can often notice things much sooner or that are not obvious to us than we humans can. Very few, if any, are born blind, but a fair few can become blind from maladies later in life, such maladies as cancer eye or untreated...
Nope. Besides, cow-tipping is an urban myth, and something that is impossible to do, even at the dead of night.
Most heifers should be around 15 to 18 months of age to be receptive and be able to get bred. Of course this depends on the breed and the type of cattle. For dairy cattle, a farmer aims to have a heifer calve by 24 months, or two years of age. The gestation period for a cow is approximately the same...
Either he has joint ill, or he has a bad abcess on his knee. Either one should see a vet ASAP. It's not worth putting him down if it's something worth fixing. He is a baby yet, and baby calves tend to heal up faster than adult cattle do.
It's a good source of calcium.
Pnuemonia/shipping fever is a very common malady, especially among younger weaned calves.
It depends on some factors, most of which are not mentioned in this question. Do the cattle have an injury which allows the flies to lay their eggs and hatch maggots in? Are maggots coming out of the anus? As such several options, all which are mentioned in the related link below, can be of use to...
Mastitis in the udder of a cow (dairy or beef) can be caused by the following: . Bruising on the udder from too much running or from being stepped on by another cow . Unsanitary environment, enabling bacteria to enter the teat canal into the mammary gland tissue of the udder . Wound on the udder...
No. Cows willingly come to the milk parlor to be milked, because the milk machines relieve the pain in their udders from being so swollen with milk. If cows would feel pain from being "forcibly" milked from machines, they would be doing everything they can to avoid going to the milking parlour. It's...
An injection of internal parasitic medication will help, or pour-on medication using Ivomec or Ivermectin or anything that your vet would carry. But ask your vet first about how to treat mange before you start experimenting with different parasitic medication products.
Any mineral or vitamin that exceeds the maximum dosage per day is considered toxic to cattle. Any amount of Mercury and Lead and other heavy metals are toxic to cattle, as well as many poisonous plants like Water Hemlock, Rhubarb leaves, Lupine, some species of Vetch, etc.
It depends on how severe the mastitis is. If it's in all four quarters, yes. If the mastitis is just in one quarter, no.
YES, carrot tops do contain toxins!! It is unlikely your animal will be poisoned by feeding them a small amount of carrot top, however, if your animal has been eating any other alkaloid based plants such as "dog fennel" they could become sick and die from alkaloid poisoning! We received a sick baby...
I believe you mean transformed, as a heifer is a cow, and she instead of he. In that case it would be Io, one of Zeus's lovers.
No, it is not safe, the microorganism (B. anhracis) is secreted in the milk of animal infected with anthrax. You can acquire the disease by drinking this milk.
No. Anthrax bacteria is killed through the process of pasteurization. Milk would not be drunk either from a cow that has died of anthrax.
Depends on how hungry and malnourished they are. If some cows broke into a feed house where grain was stored and they gorged themselves on the grain, they could very much die of bloat and/or acute acidosis.
No, cattle and cows are often kept together with no problems. If there where any risk of horses catching a disease from cattle than they would not enter horses in gaming classes with cattle (calf roping, team penning etc).
NO, it is NOT contagious. Mastitis is not a disease that is spread around by direct or indirect contact. It's an infection of the udder that is caused by bacteria entering the teat canal into the cavity of one or more quarters of the udder, or by injury when a full udder is bumped and bruised...
Humans can get diarrhea, yes. Scours is just another word for diarrhea, and most certainly they can get it from calves, from vectors like E. coli 0157:H7, salmonella, campybacter spp. and Cryptosporidiosis parvum, all bacteria that can transmit from young calves to humans if good hygiene (i.e.,...
The feed does not have that particular mineral that can be eaten by livestock. Therefore, you must supply another means for livestock to get that missing mineral[s], either by mixing feed or providing a salt lick.
Bacterial infection of the hoof, which primarily occurs in the frog of the hoof, not the actual hoof.
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The respiration rate for calves is 15-40 breaths per minute and mature cattle is 10-30 breaths per minute.
Healthy calves will have a good appetite, be alert with eyes shiny and ears up. Thier coats will appear shiny, have alot of energy, and bowl movements will begin to turn brown in colour and take more shape (first bowl movements are yellow). As calves turn into yearlings healthy females will begin...
It is and it isn't. Corn is a high-energy feedstuff (not a  significant source of protein, unless it's a by-product of the  ethanol industry in the form of distiller's grains) that is  all-too-commonly used by the beef and dairy industry as a primary  source of energy in a beef or dairy ration,...
This depends on your area and what type of cattle you are feeding. Beef and dairy cattle will eat different types of food as will mature bulls, yearlings, dry cows, and pregnant cattle. Dairy cattle are usually fed a TMR (Total Mixed Ration) consisting of soy beans, corn, and hay. Dairy calves are...
This is impossible to find out unless somebody admits to it. Perhaps it happend by accident or somebody did it on purpose but who ever did do it would quickly become a very hated person and would probably be murdered because they created it which is we wont be able to find out as no one with a sane...
Mad cow disease is an incurable, fatal brain disease that affects cattle and possibly some other animals, such as goats and sheep. The medical name for mad cow disease is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (pronounced: bo-vine spun-jih-form en-seh-fah-la-puh-thee), or BSE for short. It's called mad...
Violet Red Bile Agar and MPN are the tests that are used to confirm  coliform in cow milk. The plate count method takes 24 hours to  perform and can use 1.0 ml of 1:10 dilution and has a very high  sensitivity.
Yes! That's why we have steak. Cows are living things too-- they run on blood like we do, they eat like we do (not the same way, though), and die like we do. OMG who asks this? Cows are animals they are alive, ergo EVERYTHING living must die. This is a lame question except for the fact that you...
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, the scientific name for mad cow disease) is caused by a prion, a normal protein that is mis-folded and cannot be broken down by the body.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, the scientific name for mad cow disease) was first identified in the United Kingdoms (UK). It has since spread to multiple countries throughout Europe.
They will be alert, eyes will have a shine as well as their coats, healthy cattle will have a good appetite and regular cud chewing.
there are no benefits, its a disease of people feeding cows to cows to cows, and so on. if you get said disease your brain turns to (should i say) mush its a horrible disease and don't try to get because nothing is good to come.
Yes. Interestingly, this is a good example of how dairy cows come back into heat sooner than beef cows. Dairy cows that do not have a calf suckling on them (even though they are producing more than twice the amount of milk), actually come back into heat sooner than beef cows. Research has shown that...
Lameness is when the cow has injured a hoof or leg.
Mad Cow disease in humans is known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). The incubation of mad cow (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) in bovines is anywhere from 30 months to eight years. The incubation period for vCJD in humans is unknown as of now, but experts speculate that the incubation...
There are no salt or mineral nor medicated mineral blocks that contain any form of ephedrine in them. Sick animals are treated by antibiotics via injection, not by just giving them a "medicated" salt block.
No. You'll just die slowly of brain degradation.
Ideally, you would have a veterinarian take care of this for you - if you set the jaw wrong, you could cause the calf to have severe malnutrition problems for the rest of his life, as well as nerve damage or death from blood loss. You will have to set the bone back to the way it was in the calf's...
Safe-Guard makes dewormer salt licks to combat various parasites that infect cattle. Bovatec makes salt licks with lasalocid sodium for the purpose of helping increase the rate of gain for pasture stocker/slaughter/feeder/replacement cattle. These two brands are the only known "medicated" salt...
Trapped gas in the stomach of a cow is called bloat. There are two types of bloat: free bloat and frothy bloat. Free bloat is where there is free gas floating in the stomach but it can't escape through the esophagus and is treated by relieving the obstruction in the esophagus, passing a tube down...
It first hit in the mid 1900s.