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well you've brought home a purple ribbon from a jackpot show! But could you have also brought home something else too that will cause skin problems & loss of hair for months? I'm going to talk about 3 different problems that can occur after a show. If anyone has anyothers to add please do so. Also if anyone has any different remedies let us know.

Ringworm- Ringworm is not caused by worms but is a result of a fungus. It is very contagious. It can spread from cattle cattle & also to you. Cows and heifers are reported to develop lesions on the chest and limbs most often, and bulls in the dewlap and intermaxillary skin. Lesions are characteristically discrete, scaling patches of hair loss with gray-white crust formation, but some become thickly crusted with suppuration. Ringworm as a herd health problem is more common in the winter and is more commonly recognized in temperate climates and in English
After a show I usually wash my cattle w/ an Anti-Fungal shampoo. Sullivan's carry a good product. I also try to spray any brushes, halter & the trailer w/ an Anti fungus spry, also available through Sullivan's.
There are many home remedies for ringworm. I've a a lot of success w/ a bleach pen, Fung-All by H2AG & Monostat ( guys love to buy that  ;) ). After the ringworm has gotten out of the crusty stage you need to grow the hair back in the bald places. Many use Fluid Film (sold at tractor dealers or auto parts store), I use baby oil or some even bacon grease.


this came from I felt it had a lot of good info & was very down to earth.
Cattle warts appear on the skin of cattle and are usually confined only to the neck and shoulder region. In advanced stages, the warts may also appear on or around the teats and genital areas. All cattle under two years of age are susceptible to the condition. The four most common types of cattle warts are squat, pendulated, flat and tags. They appear as hairless lesions. The larger the warts get, the more susceptible they are to bleed due to rubbing. This could in turn lead to secondary infections where bacteria can invade and infect those areas.

Common Names

Warts are also called Bovine Papillomatosis or Infectious Papillomatosis by most veterinarians. These names are linked with a special group of viruses. A papilloma is a tumor on the skin.
Causative Organism

Warts are caused by papilloma viruses. There are at least 6 distinct strains of Papilloma virus. Each of them can produce characteristic lesions on the skin. The virus can easily transmit itself by direct contact, through equipment, and through insects which carry the virus. The viruses enter the skin through wounds. Infection may occur within one month or it may also take up to one year.
Common Symptoms

1.  Raised or plain lesions on the skin of cattle
2. Animals become stunted
3. Generally the symptoms can be seen in all or most of the members of a herd
4. Cattle warts may appear as small cauliflower like swellings
5. Warts may first appear on the sides of the ears and then spread to other parts of the body
How it Affects Cattle

Warts are usually more of an appearance problem than a physical problem. Cattle warts usually shrink and drop off after a few months. But they can affect the cattle in several ways. In some cases, warts may also infect large areas of the body. This may interfere with normal functioning of the body part. Some types of warts erupt in the venereal regions. This may cause pain, deformity and infection of the penis of young bulls. Cows and heifers may also suffer from discomfort and pain if tissues inside their reproductive system are affected.
Regional Impacts

Warts can be seen in almost any environment. The virus which causes cattle warts in cattle is resistant to extreme cold and heat. It is not uncommon to find cattle with warts during all months of the year and in all forms of cattle.
Warts can also be transmitted by contact & spread by animal to animal. Humans will not catch warts from cattle.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Warts usually fall off or shrink after about six months. The usual practice is to leave them unattended. Some good wart ointments are available in the market. If cattle warts continue to persist then surgery may be required.  I like to pull the wart out & the roots w/ a pair of tweezers.Also our vet recommends that you feed the warts back to the cattle after you've pulled them out. It acts as a natural imunity.
Vaccines & Prevention

Commercial vaccines to prevent cattle warts are useful if there hasnít been any previous infection. Autogenously vaccines can also be prepared by a veterinarian.  Also there are products called Wart-off & some people swear by tooth paste.

Hot spots or Rain Rot

This is a skin condition that I am too familiar with. It is not really contagious but showing or heavy coated cattle are more prone to it. Hot spots start out as areas where there is almost hair loss overnight. Imagine walking into the ban & finding your best calf w/ patches of hair missing. At first we thought it was ringworm & treated it as such. No improvement. Then we thought lice, nope. Finally in desperation I called the vet. We said it was caused by bacteria forming under the hair. It can be from washing a calf & not completely drying it off, sweating & have damp hair or in our case, snow blowing into the barn leaving the heifer damp. Since it was a bacteria, he recommended penicillin. He also said to not cover the area w/ a thick ointment & to let air get to it. After an allergic reaction to the PCN, she was improving. Later I used a light coat of baby oil w/ vitamin E to help w/ the hair growth.
Typically, the heavy, thick coated cattle are most affected. Like I mentioned, a lot of times we think it's something else until we realize what it is. I don't believe it can be spread from animal to animal but am sure I'll be set straight.
This how bad it can look!

I hope this thread helps someone. If anyone has another remedy or condition add to it.

Red  O0

Very nice post. I actually had our first exposure to rain rot this year. Can be some nasty stuff to get rid of for sure.


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