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joint supplement have a heifer that seems to getting stiff
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:34:05 PM »
whats everyones thoughts?

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Re: joint supplement have a heifer that seems to getting stiff
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014, 08:49:38 PM »
Rep gel boluses work really well for helping one get over being stiff.  I feed one a day for three days in a row, and then just once a week after that.  I use a different regimen for shows, which I could post if that's what you need help with. 

We also feed natural stride starting 60 days before our first show and don't stop until the heifers are kicked out on pasture.
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Re: joint supplement have a heifer that seems to getting stiff
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2014, 09:16:53 PM »
yes please post it. she runs in an open pen at home and walks fine but today she really walked stiff at the the show she was at after being tied up over night.

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Re: joint supplement have a heifer that seems to getting stiff
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2014, 09:46:45 PM »
There are multiple strategies for different scenarios. The idea is basically to load the calf the week before you get to the show, and then let the supplement do its job.  I've seen a lot of people overuse or misuse things, and then never try them again because they didn't get them right one time.

For an overnight or two day show I would do this- Start 5 days before you get to the show. Rep-gel 3 days in a row, put it in their feed.  Then rep-gel in the morning, aspirinfre paste or aspirin tablets in a bolus at night for two days. The day before you leave, exercise the calf quite well to make sure all the selenium and other good minerals get pumping around in her system. The day before the show, give the rep-gel and aspirinfre paste morning and night, with plenty of exercise.  It seems like a lot, but if your calves just don't travel well, this should help.

Another thing is making sure they get plenty of water. And make sure they get electrolytes too. I've seen a lot of calves not walk well due to lactic acid build up from lack of hydration and exercise at shows, but those are usually the week-long shows like a Jr National or state fair. 

Things like Natural Stride, Glide, and Lubrisyn can work great, but they're long term. Not really for actute stiffness at shows.
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Re: joint supplement have a heifer that seems to getting stiff
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2014, 02:39:59 PM »
A Bovine animal Chiropractor could be a big help as well.
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