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The Big Show / Re: Sick calves..Help!
« on: March 12, 2013, 08:36:52 AM »
It may help to have a little more info.  How old are the calves?  What are your weather and ground conditions?  Have you given the healthy calves any injections at birth? etc.  Any info you can think of.  Sorry for your troubles.

The Big Show / Re: Warts
« on: March 11, 2013, 12:07:54 PM »
I've had a lot of trouble with warts and sometimes ripping off warts doesn't get the whole growth and you won't want to rip off anything around the eye anyway. A wart product I swear by it's a "warts off" creams by Sullivan supply. If you apply it morning and night and cover the warts with it they will burn off in the corse of a week and will get the whole growth not just half as ripping them off sometimes does. Good luck!

We have had very good luck with the ripping off process.  Yes, I probably would be very careful with any treatment around the eye including the rip off method and especially an acid that EATS THE WARTS OFF.

The Big Show / Re: Carpe Diem Calf
« on: March 11, 2013, 08:24:50 AM »
idahoag, I really like that calf.  Do you have a full picture of the cow and the cow's breeding?  I am still contemplating my breeding decisions for 2013 and after seeing this little lady I am considering Carpe Diem. 

Well, the cow is a crossbred cow (3/4 angus, 1/4 heinz 57 (probably a little limi, shorthorn, etc in her background).  I will see what I can do about getting a picture of her for you.

Thanks Idaho.  I would really love to see your cow as I believe it would help me in my decision.  I hope you resolve your milking issue from your other post.  If that cow can't raise a calf she will make a good hamburger ;)

The Big Show / Re: Warts
« on: March 10, 2013, 09:04:59 PM »
Have a good heifer with a group of warts that began formaing around her eye.  Sugestions on treatments?

If it is a single wart, which yours doesn't sound like it is, you can rip a single wart off it will bleed and then usually you are good to go.  However, if it is the cauliflower, or cluster kind of warts I really don't know the best way to treat them.  We had a steer that got the cluster kind in his ear last year and we did our best to rip of the bigger more singular ones and they eventually all went away.  The eye seems like a pretty sensitive location.  Good luck.

The Big Show / Re: ideal cow
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:41:30 AM »
Nice cows guys.  I would love to have either one of them.  I always believed that Angus cattle were kinda blah and scrawny myself until I went to a Yardley sale and that made a believer out of me.  Frostback, your cow is also proof that beautiful Angus cattle are out there.   

The Big Show / Re: Carpe Diem Calf
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:57:07 AM »
idahoag, I really like that calf.  Do you have a full picture of the cow and the cow's breeding?  I am still contemplating my breeding decisions for 2013 and after seeing this little lady I am considering Carpe Diem. 

The Big Show / Re: retain placenta
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:17:00 AM »
I am not sure why I am commenting other than the curiosity is killing me, but why do we think this cow has a retained placenta?  Is the placenta protruding from the cow, or???  We had a heifer that calved 80+ days early last year and she had retained placenta for the better part of two weeks.  Two shots of Lut and a good shot of antibiotics and we were good to go. 

The Big Show / Re: NEED HELP new calf sick
« on: March 04, 2013, 08:21:21 AM »
Leanbeef, you always give such good advice.  Ditto everything leanbeef said.  I have always been told when in doubt take their temp.  It is easy and it gives you an idea of what your dealing with.  Calves also love to lay out and soak up the sun they will get hot and pant because of this as well. 

The Big Show / Re: Glucosamine/MSM overdose?
« on: February 26, 2013, 08:24:37 AM »
You might try looking at the supplements made specifically for cattle and see if it gives you a milligram and then apply that to whatever supplement you decide to use.  I personally hate feeding supplements or anything not labeled for animal use.  We put so much time and $$ into these critters it would suck to off one of them by accident.

The Big Show / Re: first calf heifers
« on: February 21, 2013, 01:09:46 PM »
The ball she has out gets dirty goes back in and thats why it concerns my vet to wait for her to calve so we induce.

You're saying she has a vaginal prolapse when she gets close to calving?...

I've seen those before. We've had cows in our herd that tended to do that, and I can't say any of them ever had any type of problems. We don't like it, but we've never done anything special to accommodate the females that tend to do it. Except maybe be harder on them for other reasons at culling time. I have heard that this is a trait that is passed on to daughters of cows that have the same tendency, so if you keep daughters of that cow, you might expect the same thing from them.

My sons cow is a vag prolapse'er (i know that isn't a word so no one brow beat me for not spell checking) and she is young, so it really worries me that she will not be around real long.  The prolapse always replaces itself when she stands, and it isn't super extreme to where it is lying on the ground behind her, however it gets worse every year.  We just let her go and once again just let nature take its course.  As of now it is a non issue when she isn't 8mo+ bred.

The Big Show / Re: Itchy Calf
« on: February 21, 2013, 12:42:18 PM »
I have a steer that wants to itch all the time.  I'm assuming he has dry skin because of the cold temperatures.  He itches some hair out but doesn't rub until he's bloody like I've seen from others.  Anything I should do for him?

If you are warm enough that you can rinse the calf I would do that and be sure to condition either with a leave in, a rinse out, or both.  Then brush and blow.  Do that as often as you can get that dead hair out and moisturize that hide and it will help.  Ours are doing the same thing.  If you haven't treated for parasites lately I would do so for sure.  We typically don't use a pour on our cattle in the Spring (we aren't quite Spring yet, but it's close). 

The Big Show / Re: AAOK feeding program
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:31:32 AM »
I was wondering if the AAOK feeding program works for show heifer's also...or if there is a better feeding program for heifers...


Harley, a while back I asked a question on here about feeding heifers and AAOK responded to that post and said yes it does work.  If you do a search for it I bet you can find the thread pretty easy as it was only maybe three weeks ago.  Search for heifer feed or something along those lines.

The Big Show / Re: dehorning older calf
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:00:19 AM »
I was out in the pen this evening feeding and to my horror noticed that my 6 month old bull calf has little horns poking up through all his fuzz. We planned to keep him as a clean up bull and I will not have a bull with horns so what are my options for dehorning him as an older calf?

Dozer, we had the same thing happen to our son's 4-H steer last year except he was a year old at the time.  We had a local vet come out and do the procedure.  It was really simple and in no time you couldn't even tell anything had happened.  I would do it now as we don't have a fly problem .....yet. :)

The Big Show / Re: first calf heifers
« on: February 19, 2013, 05:17:44 PM »
I think this is brought up just about every season.  Everyone has a different opinion, but I wouldn't be worried at all at this point and I would let nature take it's course.  If at seven days they haven't calved call your vet and get professional advice.  Our vet is very, very cautious when it comes to inducing.   

The Big Show / Re: Sooner 101M clones
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:20:52 PM »
Does anybody know who bought the Sooner clones in Denver?  Do you think they will offer semen on them to the public?

I ask because I was hoping to breed for some replacements out of him...anybody use him or know what kind of cows he works on?

Just by looking at the pics of the clones it looks like a pretty fronted, big bellied cows would be my guess...

SEK Genetics and "The Sooner Group" is what was announced from the block that night.

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