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Offline Kennard-Shallene Cattle

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Well Water and joint problems
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:53:13 PM »
Can high levels of iron or other minerals or chemicals cause joint problems in show steers?  Specifically popping patterns.

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Re: Well Water and joint problems
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2017, 07:11:42 PM »
Interesting idea.  I've never thought about that but it does intrigue me because we have really hard water here - it'd be nice to know if it was causing (I'm thinking not likely) or compounding existing joint issues (this seems possible).  The barn where we start and halter break all of our calves has much softer water, and we see problems there too, so I don't really know if it has any effect or not.  I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has thoughts on this...
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Re: Well Water and joint problems
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 01:29:10 AM »
Iron and/or sulfur in the water can tie up the zinc, copper, and selenium, which can lead to the popping pasterns. 

 

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